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Japan jobless rate rises to 2.4% in January: government

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s jobless rate rose and the availability of jobs dropped in January, government data showed on Friday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.4% in January, up from 2.2% in December, figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed. The median forecast was 2.2%.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio fell to 1.49 in January from 1.57 in December after a change in the survey method, labor ministry data showed.

(Reporting by Takahiko Wada; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)