Jobless rate rises in Japan as spending falls

Japan’s unemployment rate rose for a third straight month in May, while household wages and spending fell, the government said Tuesday.

The country’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate climbed to 5.2 percent, up from 5.1 percent in April and the highest level since December.
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The number of jobless stood at 3.47 million, which is unchanged from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Those with jobs fell 0.7 percent to 62.95 million.

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