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Labour Force Survey

  • The results of April 2014 and May 2014 have been corrected because the Population Estimates were corrected.
    (on July 22, 2014)
  • Change in "Historical data 1"
    "Historical data 1" has been renewed on the release of January 2014 by putting major series together into one Excel book and adding three new original (non-seasonally adjusted) series: "Population aged 15 years old and over", "Not in labour force", and "Employment rate" by age group. Please be aware that the filenames of all the Excel books in "Historical data 1" have been altered.
    (on February 28, 2014)
  • Revision of seasonal adjustment in 2014
    RegARIMA models have been updated when revising seasonally adjusted data retroactively on the release of January 2014 results. Fifteen of seasonally adjusted series by industry will be discontinued on the release of April 2014 results, because no substantial seasonality was observed over the past decade except two retained series: "Agriculture and forestry" and "Non-agricultural industries".
    (on February 28, 2014)
  • Release Schedule updated
    Release schedule for fiscal 2014 has been published.
    (on January 31, 2014)
Previously released information

1. The Survey Results

Results (Basic Tabulation)

Results (Detailed Tabulation)

Annual Report on the Labour Force Survey

Historical data

2. Release Schedule of the Survey Results

Basic Tabulation / Detailed Tabulation

3. About the Labour Force Survey

      The Labour Force Survey is a survey of households usually residing in Japan.
      Its purpose is to elucidate the current state of employment and unemployment in Japan every month.

      There are two categories of results in this survey.

  • Basic Tabulation (Released monthly)
    • Items obtained from the Basic questionnaire:
      Labour force, Employed person / Employee (by industry, occupation, type of employment (Regular/ Non-regular employee etc.), etc.), Weekly hours of work, Unemployed person (by reason for leaving a job etc.), Unemployment rate, Not in labour force etc.
  • Detailed Tabulation (Released quarterly)
    • Items obtained from the Special questionnaire:
      The reason for taking a non-regular employment, Person who changed job, Duration of unemployment, Person wishing to work (Not in labour force) etc.


Questionnaire and Instruction (Translation of the Labour Force Survey)

Statistical tables & database

4. Other Information

      e-Stat is "Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan" (external site) where you can browse statistics tables and database.


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