Jobless Rate in Japan Marks Unexpected Rise to 4.6% in April

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May 29, 2012, Tokyo, Japan – Japanese workers head to their offices in Shimbashi district in downtown Tokyo. Japan’s unemployment rate rises to 4.6%. Although only 0.1% increase vs March this was the first increase in months and is worrying as it could stall recovery adding to the problems caused by the strong Yen. There were some positive signs though as the jobs to applicants ratio rose to 0.79 in April which is its highest level since October 2008. (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/AFLO)

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A Japanese homeless man sits on the bench in the Shimbashi district part of Tokyo, May 29, 2012. (Photo by Yumeto Yamazaki/AFLO)