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Japan jobless rate in November retreats for 1st time in 4 months

Unemployment falls to 2.2% as government says job situation is 'improving'

The number of unemployed was 1.51 million in November, the lowest level since December 1992.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's unemployment rate improved for the first time in four months in November, reflecting the country's chronic labor shortage, government data showed Friday.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 2.2 percent in the reporting month, down 0.2 percentage point from October, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

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