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No.26(2010/6/9)
The Economic and Labour Situation in Japan in April 2010

Industrial production continues to show upward movement

Industrial production in April increased 1.3% over the previous month, registering an increase for the second consecutive month. It showed an increase of 25.9% year-on-year.
Industries that mainly contributed to the increase were general machinery, fabricated metals, and other manufacturing, in that order.
Commodities that mainly contributed to the increase were semiconductor products machinery, large active matrix LCDs (liquid crystal devices), and medium and small active matrix LCDs, in that order.
According to the Survey of Production Forecast in Manufacturing, production is expected to increase 0.4% in May and 0.3% in June.

Family Income and Expenditure Survey

(1) Expenditure for two-or-more-person households
The average monthly consumption expenditure per two-or-more-person household in April was 299,996 yen, down 2.1% in nominal terms and down 0.7% in real terms from the previous year.
(2) Income and expenditure for workers' households
The average monthly income per household stood at 474,616 yen, up 0.2% in nominal terms and up 1.6% in real terms over the previous year.
The average consumption expenditure was 331,621 yen, down 3.7% in nominal terms and down 2.3% in real terms from the previous year.

Labour Force Survey Monthly Results for April 2010

These survey results, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on April 30, showed the following:

(1) Employment
The number of employed persons in April was 62.69 million, a decrease of 530,000, or 0.8%, from the previous year

(2) Unemployment
The number of unemployed persons in April was 3.56 million, an increase of 100,000, or 2.9%, over the previous year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1%.

(10,000 persons)
  Actual figures Change from previous year
Population aged 15 and over 11,043 -4 -0.0
Labour force 6,269 -43 -0.6
Employed persons 6,269 -53 -0.8
Employees 5,451 -13 -0.2
Unemployed persons 356 10 2.9
Not in labour force 4,411 34 0.8
Labour force participation rate (%) 60.0 -0.4 -
Employment rate (%) 56.8 -0.4 -
Unemployment rate, original series (%) 5.4 0.2 -
Population aged 15 and over Actual figures Change from previous year
Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted (%) 5.1 0.1  
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