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Japanese temporary employment number rose +0.1% in June compared with May. The number of female temporary and dispatch workers rose; while male temporary and dispatch worker number fell between May to June, narrowing the wide gap between male and female employment. Female unemployment remains a growing concern for Japan, as it has the lowest female participation rate of the developed nations.
During 2012 temporary and part-time workers in Japan reach a record high of 35.2% of the population. This was the third consecutive year of growth within the temporary and part-time recruitment sector. In June 2013 temporary and part-time workers made up 36.4% of the total workforce.
At the same time, Japanese unemployment levels fell to 3.9% in June 2013, the first time it has fallen below 4% since October 2008. Compared with the same period last year, there were 280,000 fewer people looking for work; equating to a fall of -9.7% to 2.6 million people.
The number of employed people increased marginally by +0.5% resulting in an additional 290,000 people employed. Japan’s labour force for June 2013 was 63.33 million, equating to a labour force participation rate of 59.4%.
Japan continues to struggle with an aging population and increasing concern for future economic growth as skills shortages become more acute. The world’s third largest economy, behind the USA and China, Japan has the second largest staffing market in the world after the USA. For further information on the Japanese staffing market, please click this link.