TOKYO, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Japan's job availability in July reached its highest level since May 2008 amid the recovering economy, the Japanese government said Friday.
According to the Ministry of health, Labor and Welfare, the ration of employment offers to seekers in the reporting months increased 0.2 percent to 0.94 compared with the previous month, which means 94 positions were available for every 100 job seekers.
Meanwhile, the Japan's unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent in the reporting month for the second straight monthly improvement, down 0.1 percent compared with June, according to a preliminary report released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on Friday.
The number of unemployed people fell 30,000 from June to 2.51 million. By industry, manufacturers, including automakers and electric appliance makers, added 130,000 jobs on the back of a recovery in exports, the ministry said.
But given that the non-labor force rose 20,000 in July from the previous month while the number of employees gained only 10,000, " We cannot say the job market has been fully recovering," said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at the Norinchukin Research Institute.