29 Jun '18, 1am

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TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's jobless rate slumped to a 26-year low in May while the jobs-to-applicants ratio hit new record high, as the country struggles with labour shortages, official figures showed Friday (June 29). The unemployment rate fell to 2.2 per cent from 2.5 per cent in the previous three months, according to a survey by the internal affairs ministry, the lowest level since August-October of 1992. The jobs-to-applicants ratio stood at its highest rate in 44 years, with 160 job offers going for every 100 job hunters, the labour ministry said in separate data. Japan has long struggled with a tight labour market, thanks to an ageing society, a perennially low birth rate and very low levels of immigration. The government has proposed slightly loosening tight restrictions on foreign workers to help ease the problem. A separate survey by the trade and industry ministry rel...

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