Tokyo, Dec. 28 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up 0.1 percentage point from the previous month to 2.8 pct in November, worsening for the first time in six months, the internal affairs ministry said Tuesday.
The number of people who quit their jobs for voluntary reasons increased in the reporting month, apparently because more workers started to hunt for jobs with better conditions as social and economic activities gradually returned to normal in tandem with a decrease of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The number of jobless people rose by 100,000 to 1.92 million after seasonal adjustment.
While the number of people who left their jobs for involuntary reasons such as dismissal and the expiration of their employment contracts stayed flat from the previous month at 480,000, people who quit their jobs voluntarily increased by 60,000 to 760,000.
The number of people with jobs was unchanged at 66.24 million.
Separately on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said the ratio of effective job openings to seekers stood at 1.15 in November after seasonal adjustment, unchanged from the previous month.
The ratio indicates the number of job openings available to each job seeker registered with Hello Work public job placement centers.
In November, the number of job seekers rose 0.9 pct, while job openings increased 1.0 pct.
The number of new job openings, a leading economic indicator, climbed 4.1 pct, rising for the fourth straight month.
By industry, the number of new job openings before seasonal adjustment grew the most in the manufacturing sector, jumping 38 pct from a year earlier. The accommodation and restaurant sector, hit hard by the pandemic, saw the number of new job openings rise 23.3 pct.
“Some entities that had been curbing employment amid the novel coronavirus crisis moved to secure workforce in anticipation of growth in demand,” a labor ministry official said.