Unemployment in Japan reaches 2.8% in April

Tokyo, May 28 (EFE) .- Japan’s unemployment rate in April rose 0.2% from March to 2.8%, the government said on Friday.

This is the first increase in unemployment in six months in the Asian country due to the new state of emergency declared to fight the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of people employed in Japan was 66.57 million in April, an increase of 290,000 year-on-year, according to data released by the Ministry of Interior and Communications.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed people in the country was 2.09 million, an increase of 200,000 from April 2020.

The number of jobs per 100 job seekers in Japan was 109, one less than the previous month.

The pandemic has resulted in the loss of many temporary jobs, and the slight increase in April data reflects the impact of the latest restrictions imposed, especially on the service sector, amid the fourth wave of coronavirus in the country.

The hospitality sector was hardest hit in April, with the loss of some 200,000 jobs compared to the same month last year.

The country declared a new state of emergency just over a month ago in Tokyo and other prefectures.

The emergency, which has since been gradually extended, is expected to remain in place until at least June 20.

In this third state of emergency declared by Japan since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, authorities have imposed the strictest restrictions to date in the archipelago, which has never imposed a lockdown.

Japanese authorities have recommended citizens in affected areas to avoid non-essential outings and have called for the closure of shopping malls, theme parks, cinemas and karaoke venues and asked bars and restaurants to close earlier. and not to serve alcohol. EFE

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