Industrial production in May decreased 0.1% from the previous
month, showing a decrease for the first time in three months
but a year-on-year increase of 20.2%. The index in May was 95.9
Industries that mainly contributed to the decrease were as follows:
(1) transport equipment, (2) pulp, paper, and paper products, and
(3) petroleum and coal products, in that order.
Commodities that mainly contributed to the decrease were as follows:
(1) large passenger cars, (2) semiconductor products machinery,
and (3) flat-panel display products machinery, in that order.
According to the Survey of Production Forecast in Manufacturing,
industrial production is expected to increase 0.4% in June and
1.0% in July.
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 May was 280,714 yen, down 1.7% 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 421,413 yen,
down 3.4% in nominal terms and down 2.4% in real terms from the
The average consumption expenditure was 303,326 yen, down 4.4%
in nominal terms and down 3.4% in real terms from the previous
Labour Force Survey Monthly Results
These survey results, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour
and Welfare on June 30, showed the following:
The number of employed persons in May 2010 was 62.95 million, a
decrease of 470,000, or 0.7%, from the previous year.
The number of unemployed persons in May 2010 was 3.47 million,
the same number as the previous year. The unemployment rate,
seasonally adjusted, was 5.2%.
| (10,000 persons)
||Change from previous year
|Population aged 15 years
| Employed persons
| Unemployed persons
|Not in labour force
|Labour force participation rate (%)
|Employment rate (%)
|Unemployment rate, original
||Change from previous month
|Unemployment rate, seasonally