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Japan jobless rate edges down despite COVID emergency

Labor market still under pressure despite signs of economic recovery

The restaurant and entertainment sectors have borne the brunt of job losses.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's jobless rate stood at 2.9% in January, compared with 3.0% in December, the Statistics Bureau said Tuesday, as strong government spending underpinned the economy amid a coronavirus state of emergency imposed since early in the year.

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