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Labour Force Survey 

Annual Report on the Labour Force Survey 2008 (I Basic Tabulation)

Summary of the results 

 Summary of Average Results for 2008(PDF:14KB)

Statistical tables

Notes on the statistical tables

The statistical tables are formatted on excel files.

**** Time series tables, Whole Japan ****
Table 1 Population by labour force status and main activity (Excel:64KB)
Table 2 Population of 15 years old or more in labour force and not in labour force by age
     Both sexes(Excel:83KB)      Male(Excel:83KB)      Female(Excel:84KB)
Table 3 Population of 15 years old or more by labour force status and relationship to the head of household
     Both sexes(Excel:56KB)      Male(Excel:56KB)      Female(Excel:56KB)
Table 4 Employed person by agriculture and forestry or non-agricultural industries, status in employment and age (Excel:261KB)
Table 5 Employed person by industry and status in employment (Excel:164KB)
Table 6 Employee in non-agricultural industries by major industry and number of persons engaged in enterprise (Excel:172KB)
Table 7 Employee in non-agricultural industries by weekly hours of work (Excel:56KB)
Table 8 Employee in non-agricultural industries by number of persons engaged in enterprise and weekly hours of work (excluding government employee)
     Both sexes(Excel:51KB)      Male(Excel:52KB)      Female(Excel:52KB)
Table 9 Employed person and employee by occupation (Excel:74KB)
Table 10 Females of 15 years old or more by labour force status, agriculture and forestry or non-agricultural industries and marital status (Excel:63KB)
Table 11 Average weekly hours of work and aggregate weekly hours of work by major industry (Excel:98KB)
Table 12 Unemployed person and ratio of unemployed in labour force by age (Excel:96KB)
Table 13 Unemployed person by reason for seeking a job and age (Excel:103KB)
Table 14 Unemployed person by reason for seeking a job and preference for employment as primary or secondary activity (Excel:70KB)
**** Cross sectional tables, Whole Japan ****
Table 15 Population of 15 years old or more by labour force status, agriculture and forestry or non-agricultural industries, status in employment (for employee in non-agricultural industries, number of persons engaged in enterprise), and age
     Both sexes(Excel:44KB)      Male(Excel:44KB)      Female(Excel:44KB)
Table 16 Population of 15 years old or more by labour force status, agriculture and forestry or non-agricultural industries, status in employment (for employee in non-agricultural industries, number of persons engaged in enterprise), and relationship to the head of household (Excel:51KB)
Table 17 Employed person by industry and status in employment (for employee, number of persons engaged in enterprise)
     Both sexes(Excel:72KB)      Male(Excel:72KB)      Female(Excel:73KB)
Table 18 Employed person by age and industry (actual figures and percentage distribution) (Excel:63KB)
Table 19 Employed person by status in employment and occupation (Excel:39KB)
Table 20 Employed person by age and occupation (actual figures and percentage distribution) (Excel:48KB)
Table 21 Employed person by occupation and industry (Excel:46KB)
Table 22 Employee by industry and type of organization (Excel:30KB)
Table 23 Average weekly hours of work by status in employment and industry (Excel:35KB)
Table 24 Employed person by agriculture and forestry or non-agricultural industries, age and weekly hours of work (Excel:54KB)
Table 25 Employed person by agriculture and forestry or non-agricultural industries, status in employment (for employee in non-agricultural industries, number of persons engaged in enterprise), and weekly hours of work (Excel:70KB)
Table 26 Employed person by industry, status in employment and weekly hours of work
     Both sexes(Excel:56KB)      Male(Excel:56KB)      Female(Excel:57KB)
Table 27 Person wishing to change the job and wishing to have additional job by industry, occupation and weekly hours of work (Excel:53KB)
Table 28 Females of 15 years old or more by labour force status, agriculture and forestry or non-agricultural industries, status in employment (for employee in non-agricultural industries, number of persons engaged in enterprise), marital status and age (Excel:46KB)
**** Regional table ****
Table 29 Population of 15 years old or more by labour force status, status in employment and major industries -Regions(Excel:109KB)
**** Historical data of major items ****
Historical data 1
Original series and seasonally adjusted series [Monthly data; 1953-2008]
  (1) Labour force(Excel:73KB)
  (2) Employed person(Excel:73KB)
  (3) Employee(Excel:74KB)
  (4) Employed person in agriculture and forestry(Excel:73KB)
  (5) Employed person in non-agricultural industries(Excel:73KB)
  (6) Employee engaged in non-agricultural industries by number of persons engaged in enterprise(Excel:70KB) [1968-2008]
  (7) Unemployed person(Excel:74KB)
  (8) Unemployment rate(Excel:73KB)
  (9) Not in labour force(Excel:73KB)
(10) Aggregate weekly hours of work (Non-agricultural industries)(Excel:34KB) [1968-2008]
(11) Employed person by major industries(Excel:52KB) [Original series only; 2002-2008]
(12) Unemployed person by reason for seeking a job(Excel:53KB) [2002-2008]

(Notes) 1. Seasonally adjusted figures are calculated by removing seasonal components from the original series, using the U.S. Census method (X12-ARIMA (X-11 default; sigmalim = (9.8, 9.9))).
  2. The data carried for seasonal adjustments 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 before 1977 is different from the data of the annual report published in each year. In addition, the calculation of the seasonal adjustment value used the data presented here.
  3. "*" indicates that Okinawa-ken is not included in the figures. The data excluding Okinawa-ken prior to July1972 and the data including Okinawa-ken since July 1972 are used for the seasonal adjustments.
  4. Seasonal adjustment has been revised retroactively by adding new data for the twelve month of 2008. As a result, seasonally adjusted figures in this annual report are not necessarily equal to those in the 2007 annual report or in the 2008 preliminary report.
Historical data 2 Calendar and fiscal yearly average data(Excel:113KB) [1953-2008]
[Labour force, Employed person, Employee, Employed person in agriculture and forestry, Employed person in non-agricultural industries, Employee engaged in non-agricultural industries, Unemployed person, Unemployment rate, Not in labour force, Aggregate weekly hours of work (Non-agricultural industries)]

(Note) "*" indicates that Okinawa-ken is not included in the figures.
**** Reference tables ****
Reference table 1 Population of 15 years old or more by labour force status [Prefectures] (model-based estimation)(Excel:131KB) [Calender yearly average data; 1997-2008]

(Notes) 1. Precision of data is not as sufficient as that for the results for whole Japan as the sampling design is not based on prefectures and the number of samples in each prefecture is relatively small.(excluding Hokkaido, Okinawa)
  2. The figures are model-based estimates by prefecture.
However, the estimation method for Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Aichi, Osaka, Okinawa adopt the ratio estimation.
  3. he figures are added results of previous year and recaluculated subsequently revisions to historical data are made when the release of first quarter every year.
Reference table 2 Population of 15 years old or more by labour force status [Region: Southern-Kanto, Kinki](Excel:43KB) [Monthly data; 2004-2008]
(Note) Need to pay attention the use of result, because precision of monthly result of regions is not sufficient compared with results of whole Japan.
All results are original series.
    outhern-Kanto:Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa
    Kinki:Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama

Appendices

  1. Outline of the Labour Force Survey(PDF:35KB)
  2. Concepts and Definitions(PDF:62KB)
  3. Sampling Method, Estimation Method, and Sampling Errors of Estimates(PDF:84KB)
  4. Labour Force Survey Questionnaire(PDF:81KB)
  5. Instructions for Filling in the Questionnaire(PDF:221KB)
  6. List of Publications on the Labour Force Survey and the Special Survey(PDF:31KB)

Notes on the statistical tables

About results of the labour force survey
  1. The benchmark population for the estimate was revised to the 2005 Census-based population estimates in January 2007 (refer to appendix 3)(PDF:84KB).
  2. Along with the revision of Japan Standard Industrial Classification (JSIC, Mar. 2002), the data are shown by New Standard Industrial Classification from the January 2003 survey results. As for the "Time series table, Whole Japan", figures of industries which have no or small influence by the revision are shown, which are "Agriculture", "Forestry", "Non-agricultural industries", "Fisheries", "Mining", "Construction", "Electricity, gas, heat supply and water", "Wholesale and retail trade" and "Government (not elsewhere classified)".
  3. Attention needs to be paid when comparing the change over the year because of the postal service privatization on 1 October 2007.
Notes on the use
  1. Figures may not add up to totals because figures are rounded to ten thousand or "unclassifiable / not reported" is included in totals.
  2. Figures for "change", "percentage of change", "percentage distribution", etc. are calculated from the figures rounded to ten thousand.
  3. "0" indicates that the figure is less than half of the given unit.
  4. "-" indicates that the figure does not exist.
  5. "*" indicates that the percentage is not computed because the denominator is too small (less than 100 thousand).

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