in July rose 0.3% over the previous
month, registering an increase for
the first time in two months. It was
a year-on-year rise of 14.8%. The seasonally
adjusted index in July was 95.3.
Industries that mainly contributed
to the increase were general machinery,
chemicals (excluding drugs), and pulp,
paper, and paper products, in that
Commodities that mainly contributed
to the increase were reaction vessels,
flat-panel display productmachinery,and
semiconductor product machinery, in
According to the Survey of Production
Forecast in Manufacturing, industrial
production is expected to increase
by 1.6% in August and 0.2% in September.
Income and Expenditure Survey
for two-or-more-person households
The average monthly consumption expenditure
per two-or-more-person household for July was
285,274 yen, up 0.1% in nominal terms and up
1.1% in real terms over the previous year and
showing the first increase in two months.
(2) Income and expenditure for workers'
The average monthly income per household stood
at 562,094 yen, down 1.0% in real terms from
the previous year.
The average consumption expenditure
was 316,659 yen, the same level in
nominal terms but up 1.0% in real terms
over the previous year
Force Survey Monthly Results
rate fell for the first time in six
The number of people with jobs stood
at 62.71 million in the reporting month,
up 10,000 from a year earlier for the
first increase in 30 months.
Calling for caution, an official of
the Ministry of Health, Labour and
Welfare said, "We need to keep a close
watch on developments."
By sector, manufacturing and construction
were sluggish. Manufacturing payrolls
fell by 100,000, and the construction
sector shed 170,000 jobs.
The number of unemployed persons in
July was 3.31 million, a decrease of
280,000, or 7.8%, from the previous
year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment
rate was 5.2%.
According to a separate report released
by the Ministry of Health, Labour and
Welfare, job availability also improved
in July, with the ratio of job offers
to job seekers rising to 0.53 from
0.52 in the previous month. This figure
means that 53 jobs were available for
every 100 job seekers in July
Prices Continue to Slide
price index continued to slide, with
a 1.1% drop in July as deflationary
pressure persisted for the 17th month
in a row, the government announced.