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Japan's April jobless rate rises to 2.8% under COVID cloud

Slow return to pre-pandemic employment levels expected in US and elsewhere

A worker cleans a counter at a pub in Nagoya. Japan's coronavirus restrictions have disproportionately hurt part-time workers, many of whom are women.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's jobless rate stood at 2.8% in April, compared with 2.6% the previous month, the Statistics Bureau said Friday, as the country struggles with a fitful economic recovery while enduring the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of people in jobs fell for the second straight month, to 66.58 million, down 0.4% on the month and off 1.3% from February 2020, before COVID-19 hit.

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