Labor force numbers:

66.15 million (2008 estimate)
country comparison to the world: 9

Labor force – by occupation:

agriculture: 4.4%
industry: 27.9%
services: 66.4% (2005)

Unemployment rate:

4.2% (2008 estimate)
country comparison to the world: 51
3.8% (2007 estimate)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

lowest 10%: 4.8%
highest 10%: 21.7% (1993)

Distribution of family income:

Gini index: 38.1 (2002)
country comparison to the world: 74

Week Ahead: Jobs Report Eyed
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Japan Unemployment Rate
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Posted: September 22, 2022, 11:45 am
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Posted: September 22, 2022, 4:23 am
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