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Japan jobless rate drops to 2.6% amid economic recovery

Labor market stays relatively tight despite COVID

Job losses have been concentrated among non-regular workers and customer-facing businesses, such as restaurants and hotels.(Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- Japan's jobless rate stood at 2.6% in March, compared with 2.9% the previous month, the Statistics Bureau said on Friday, as the nation's labor market stays relatively stable despite the coronavirus pandemic over the past year.

The month saw the nation emerge from a coronavirus state of emergency, which put curbs on nighttime dining and drinking in the nation's metropolitan regions from Jan. 8 to March 21.

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