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Historical data

Information
  • 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)
Previously released information

Statistical tables

Adding new data for July 2014 (Historical data 1; August 29, 2014)

Adding new data for Apr.-Jun. 2014 average (Historical data 9; August 12, 2014)

Adding new data for Apr.-Jun. 2014 average (Historical data 8; July 29, 2014)

Seasonally adjusted figures have been revised retroactively. (Historical data 1 and 8; February 28, 2014)

Adding new data for 2013 Annual average (Historical data 10; February 18, 2014)

Adding new data for 2013 Annual average (Historical data 2-7 and 8; January 31, 2014)


The statistical tables are formatted on excel files.

**** Statistical tables ****
Historical data 1 [Monthly figures - Results of whole Japan]
Seasonally adjusted series and Original series
  a-1 Major items (Labour force, Employed person, Employee, Unemployed person, Not in labour force, Unemployment rate) (Excel:380KB) (since Jan.1953)
  a-2 Employed person [by age group] (Excel:343KB) (since Jan.1968)
  a-3 Employed person [by industries (Total, Agriculture and forestry, Non-agricultural industries) ] (Excel:278KB) (since Jan.1953)
  a-4 Employee [by number of persons engaged in enterprise (engaged in non-agricultural industries) ] (Excel:179KB) (since Jan.1968)
  a-5 Unemployed person [by age group] (Excel:355KB) (since Jan.1968)
  a-6 Unemployed person [by reason for seeking a job] (Excel:115KB) (since Jan.2002)
  a-7 Unemployed person and unemployment rate [by relationship to the head of household] (Excel:250KB) (since Jan.2002)
  a-8 Unemployment rate [by age group] (Excel:425KB) (since Jan.1968)
 
Original series
  b-1 Population aged 15 years old and over [by age group] (Excel:173KB) (since Jan.1968)
  b-2 Employee [by age group and type of employment] (Excel:104KB) (since Jan.2013)
  b-3 Not in labour force [by age group] (Excel:174KB) (since Jan.1968)
  b-4 Employment rate [by age group] (Excel:212KB) (since Jan.1968)
 
Employed person by major industry (Original series) ------- See Note 6
  c-3 Employed person by industries (12th revision industrial classification) (Excel:72KB) (since Jan.2002)
    [Reference]
Employed person by industries (12th revision industrial classification) (Seasonal adjustment , Seasonal factors) (Excel:110KB) (since Jan.2002 - Mar.2014)
  c-2 Employed person by industries (11th revision industrial classification) (Excel:42KB) (Jan.2002 - Dec.2009)
  c-1 Employed person by industries (10th revision industrial classification) (Excel:87KB) (Jan.1953 - Dec.2002)
 
Employee by major industry (Original series) ------- See Note 6
  d-3 Employee by industry (12th revision industrial classification) (Excel:73KB) (since Jan.2002)
  d-2 Employee by industries (11th revision industrial classification) (Excel:42KB) (Jan.2002 - Dec.2009)
  d-1 Employee by industries (10th revision industrial classification) (Excel:87KB) (Jan.1953 - Dec.2002)
 
Others
  e-1 [Reference table] Monthly regional results in Southern-Kanto and Kinki (Excel:73KB) (since Jan.1998)
  e-2 Aggregate weekly hours of work (Non-agricultural industries) (Excel:158KB) (Jan.1968 - Dec.2012)
Historical data 2 [Annual average figures - Results of whole Japan]
Population aged 15 years old and over by labour force status (Excel:61KB) (Labour force, Employed person, Unemployed person, Not in labour force, Labour force participation rate, Employment rate, Unemployment rate, etc.) (since 1953)
Historical data 3 [Annual average figures - Results of whole Japan]
  (1) Population aged 15 years old and over by age (five-year group) (Excel:74KB) (since 1968)
  (2) Labour force and labour force participation rate by age (five-year group) (Excel:98KB) (since 1968)
  (3) Employed person and employment rate by age (five-year group) (Excel:115KB) (since 1968)
  (4) Unemployed person and unemployment rate by age (five-year group) (Excel:99KB) (since 1968)
  (5) Not in labour force by age (five-year group) (Excel:79KB) (since 1968)
  (6) Population aged 15 years old and over by age (ten-year group) (Excel:73KB) (since 1968)
  (7) Labour force and labour force participation rate by age (ten-year group) (Excel:88KB) (since 1968)
  (8) Employed person and employment rate by age (ten-year group) (Excel:90KB) (since 1968)
  (9) Unemployed person and unemployment rate by age (ten-year group) (Excel:91KB) (since 1968)
  (10) Not in labour force by age (ten-year group) (Excel:78KB) (since 1968)
Historical data 4 [Annual average figures - Results of whole Japan]
(1) Employed person by status in employment (Excel:52KB)
(Self-employed worker, Family worker, Employee, etc.) (since 1953)
(2) Employee in non-agricultural industry by number of persons engaged in enterprise (Excel:50KB)
(1~29 persons, 30 persons or more, 500 persons or more, etc.) (since 1967)
Historical data 5
[Annual average figures - Results of whole Japan] ------- See Note 6
(1) Employed person by industry (12th revision JSIC) (Excel:62KB) (since 2002)
(2) Employed person by industry (11th revision JSIC) (Excel:31KB) (2002-2009)
(3) Employed person by industry (10th revision JSIC) (Excel:44KB) (1953-2002)
(4) Employee by industry (12th revision JSIC) (Excel:59KB) (since 2002)
(5) Employee by industry (11th revision JSIC) (Excel:29KB) (2003-2009)
(6) Employee by industry (10th revision JSIC) (Excel:44KB) (1953-2002)
Historical data 6
[Annual average figures - Results of whole Japan]
(1) Employed person by occupation (Excel:40KB) (since 2009)
(2) Employed person by occupation (Excel:42KB) (1953-2010)
Historical data 7
[Annual average figures - Results of whole Japan]
Unemployed person by reason for seeking a job and age group (Excel:153KB)
(Seeking a job due to quitting previous job by involuntary or voluntary reason etc.) (since 1984)
Historical data 8
[Quarterly and annual average figures - Results by region]
Original series and seasonally adjusted series
(1) Employed person by region (Excel:99KB) (since 1983)
(2) Unemployed person by region (Excel:104KB) (since 1983)
(3) Unemployment rate by region (Excel:96KB) (since 1983)
(4) Population aged 15 years old and over by labour force status -Regions (Quarterly average figures)(Excel:682KB)
(Employed person, Unemployed person, Not in labour force etc.) (since 1983) Original series only
(5) Population aged 15 years old and over by labour force status -Regions (annual average figures)(Excel:318KB)
(Employed person, Unemployed person, Not in labour force etc.) (since 1983) Original series only
(Note)
Since Jan.-Mar. 2012, rates for regional results are calculated with numerators and denominators which are rounded off to the nearest thousand.
**** Statistical tables (detailed tabulation) ****
Historical data 9 [Results of whole Japan]
Employee by type of employment (Excel:440KB) (Regular employee, Non-regular employee (Part-time worker, Arbeit, Dispatched worker, etc.) (since 1984)

(Note)
Data source is "The Special Survey of the Labour Force Survey" from 1984 to 2001, "Labour Force Survey (Detailed Tabulation)" since 2002.
Because there is difference such as survey methods and reference period, attention need to be paid to the time series comparison.
Historical data 10 [Results of whole Japan]
Employee by age group and type of employment (Excel:159KB) (Regular employee, Non-regular employee (Part-time worker, Arbeit, Dispatched worker, etc.) (since 2002)

(Note)
Data source is "The Special Survey of the Labour Force Survey" from 1988 to 2001, "Labour Force Survey (Detailed Tabulation)" since 2002.
Because there is difference such as survey methods and reference period, attention need to be paid to the time series comparison.

Notes

Concerning historical data

  1. Concerning the data on Jan.-Mar. 1953, attention needs to be paid when time series comparison because these figures are on the effects of the sampling frame reform in 1952-53.
  2. "*" indicates that Okinawa-ken is not included in the figures (January 1953-June 1972).
  3. The data prior to January 1978 are the compatible time-series data that are adjusted to the effects of the methodological reform in 1967 and the benchmark revision in 1975. On this account, the data prior to 1978 is different from the data of the annual report published in each year.
  4. Using the latest results of the Population Census as the base, the Population Estimates are revised every five years according to the release of new results of the Census conducted quinquennially. Therefore, the benchmark population for calculating the results of the Labour Force Survey is revised every five years.
    It has been revised to the 2010 Census-based population estimates in January 2012. Population difference, 2010-Census-base benchmark of 15 years old and over for January 2011 minus that of 2005-base, is approximately +690 thousand.
          cf. Sampling Method, Estimation Method, and Sampling Errors of Estimates (PDF:95KB)
    In order to remove the gaps, data from October 2005 through December 2011(italicized figures in red) have been adjusted to comparable time-series data(the intercensal-level adjustment data, the retroactive adjustment data) responding to the revision.
          cf. 2012 revision of benchmark population
  5. Concerning the regional results, the figures prior to 1983 are not available.
  6. Due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, results for whole Japan and Tohoku are missing from Jan.-Mar. through Jul.-Sep. 2011. So "Supplementary-estimated figures" have been used. "< >" indicates that supplementary estimated figures (Referential figures).
  7. In the Labour Force Survey results, the number of employed persons is classified by the Japan Standard Industrial Classification (JSIC). With the 12th revision of the JSIC, the Statistics Bureau started providing the Labour Force Survey results by the new industrial classification from January 2009 results, and computed 2007-2008 results retroactively. As for the data till 2006, figures of industries which have no or small influence by the revision are shown. And retroactive-estimated figures, which were calculated in a simple way, of industries which have big influence by the revision are shown with parentheses "( )" as a reference.

Concerning seasonal adjusted figures

  1. Seasonally adjusted figures are calculated by removing seasonal components from the original series, using the U.S. Census method (X12-ARIMA (sigmalim = (9.8, 9.9)). Further explanation on seasonal adjustment is described in Seasonal Adjustment - X-12-ARIMA -
  2. The data carried for seasonal adjustments are the original series represented in this table. The data excluding Okinawa-ken prior to July 1972 and the data including Okinawa-ken since July 1972 are used for the seasonal adjustments.
    Due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, results for whole Japan are missing from March through August 2011. So "Supplementary-estimated figures" are inputted for computing seasonal factors.
  3. The seasonally adjusted figures released monthly are calculated by using the predicted seasonal factors, which are estimated through seasonal adjustments of the data up to December of the previous year. On the release of January results, the seasonal adjustments are computed retroactively by adding new data for twelve months of the previous year.
  4. Concerning the seasonally adjusted figures for unemployed person and unemployment rate aged 65 years old and over, figures for males and females are not computed.

Others

  1. In the Labour Force Survey results, the number of employed persons is classified by the Japan Standard Industrial Classification (JSIC). With the 12th revision of the JSIC, the Statistics Bureau started providing the Labour Force Survey results by the new industrial classification from January 2009 results, and computed 2007-2008 results retroactively. As for the data before 2006, the estimated figures are available as reference.
    Please refer to "Revision of industrial classification for the Labour Force Survey results"(PDF:59KB).
  2. Concerning the number of unemployed persons by reason for seeking a job, the figures prior to 1984 are not available. Because the selection of reasons for seeking a job was changed and subdivided from January 2002, attention needs to be paid when time series comparison.
  3. For other notes, please refer to "Notes on the results".

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