Recent Statistical Survey Reports, February 2016

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Statistical Survey Reports

Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (November)

Wednesday, February 3, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The number of households of welfare recipients in November was 1,632,220 and the number of welfare recipients was 2,164,375.

Monthly Labour Survey (Provisional Report in December and 2015)

Monday, February 8, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Total amount of cash earnings increased by 0.1% and contractual cash earnings increased by 0.6% (full-time employees 0.7%, part-time employees 0.2%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings decreased by 0.4% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.7% and non-scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.8%. Real wage (total cash earnings) decreased by 0.1% from a year earlier and real wage (contractual cash earnings) increased by 0.4% from a year earlier.

Non-scheduled hours worked by manufacturing industry workers at business establishments with 5 or more employees decreased by 1.4% from the previous month (seasonally adjusted).

Total amount of cash earnings in 2015 increased by 0.1% and contractual cash earnings increased by 0.2% (regular employees 0.6%, part-time workers 0.5%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings decreased by 0.8% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.3% and non-scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.4%. Real wage (total cash earnings) decreased by 0.9% and real wage (contractual cash earnings) decreased by 0.7% from the previous year.

The number of total hours worked in 2015 decreased by 0.3% from the previous year.

The number of regular employees in 2015 increased by 2.1% from the previous year. Among them, the number of full-time employees increased by 1.2% and the number of part-time employees increased by 4.2%.

Survey on Situation of Preliminary Job Offers for New Senior High School Graduates (End of December, 2015)

Friday, February 12, released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

The ratio of final-year senior high school students with preliminary job offers at the end of December, 2015, was 90.0%, an increase of 1.2 point from the previous year.

National Accounts (The 1st Preliminary Estimates Oct.-Dec. 2015)

Monday, February 15, released by the Cabinet Officeopen new window

Real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth rate (Seasonally Adjusted) at Oct.-Dec.2015 was -0.4% (-1.4% on annual basis). Of real GDP growth rate, -0.5% was contributed by domestic demand and 0.1% by external demand.

Compensation of Employees (real) was 0.2% and compensation of Employees (nominal) was 0.4% (changes from the previous quarter (seasonally adjusted)).

Quartely Estimates of GDP: Oct. ~Dec. 2015(The 1nd Preliminary Estimates)
Growth rate of GDP from the previous Quarters(seasonally adjusted)
Contributions of Domestic Demand and External Demand to Changes in GDP

See the table above for chart data.

Labor Force Survey: Detailed Tabulation (Oct.-Dec. 2015 and 2015)

Tuesday, February 16, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Of the total 53.22 million employed persons (average, in the Oct. - Dec. 2015), the number of the regular employees (excluding board members) increased by 260 thousand from the previous year to 33.07 million. The number of non-regular employees of the employees was 20.15 million, increased by 120 thousand from the previous year.

Of the total 2.07 million unemployed persons, the number of persons who had been unemployed for 1 year or more was 720 thousand, a decrease of 140 thousand from the previous year.

The average number of regular employees in 2015 was 33.04 million increased by 260 thousand from the previous year.The number of non-regular employees was 19.80 million, an increase of 180 thousand.

The number of unemployed persons in 2015 was 2.22 million. Among them, persons who left the previous job in the past 1 year totaled 770 thousand, decreased by 120 thousand from the previous year.

Family Income and Expenditure Survey (2015 Yearly Average)

Tuesday, February 16, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The yearly average of monthly income per household for a worker’s household with 2 or more family members was up 0.1% in real terms from the previous year.

The yearly average of monthly consumption expenditures per household was down 2.1% in real terms from the previous year.

Basic Survey on Wage Structure (2015)

Thursday, February 18, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The average scheduled cash earning for general employees was 304,000yen (an increase of 1.5% from the previous year), that for men was 335,100yen (an increase of 1.7% from the previous year) and that for women was 242,000yen (an increase of 1.7% from the previous year).

Hourly wages of part-time employees for men was 1,133yen (an increase of 1.2% from the previous year), that for women was 1,032yen (an increase of 2.0% from the previous year).

Monthly Labour Survey (Final Report in December and 2015)

Tuesday, February 23, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfareopen new window

Total amount of cash earnings unchanged and contractual cash earnings increased by 0.4% (full-time employees 0.6%, part-time employees 0.2%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings decreased by 0.4% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.4% and non-scheduled cash earnings increased by 1.3%. Real wage (total cash earnings) decreased by 0.2% from a year earlier and real wage (contractual cash earnings) increased by 0.2% from a year earlier.

Non-scheduled hours worked by manufacturing industry workers at business establishments with 5 or more employees decreased by 1.4% from the previous month (seasonally adjusted).

Total amount of cash earnings in 2015 increased by 0.1% and contractual cash earnings increased by 0.2% (regular employees 0.5%, part-time workers 0.5%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings decreased by 0.8% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.3% and non-scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.4%. Real wage (total cash earnings) decreased by 0.9% and real wage (contractual cash earnings) decreased by 0.7% from the previous year.

The number of total hours worked in 2015 decreased by 0.3% from the previous year.

The number of regular employees in 2015 increased by 2.1% from the previous year. Among them, the number of full-time employees increased by 1.1% and the number of part-time employees increased by 4.3%.

Indexes of Business Conditions December 2015 (Revised Release)

Wednesday, February 24, released by the Cabinet Office

The Coincident Index of Composite Index (CI, revised figures, 2010=100) in December was 110.9, a decrease of 1.0 point. And 3 months backward moving average decreased for 0.30 point, and 7 months backward moving average decreased for 0.15 point. So the Assessment of Coincident Index was “Weakening” (The same as the previous month)

The Leading Index was 102.1, a decrease of 1.1 point, and the Lagging Index was 115.6, unchanged.

Comprehensive Survey on Wages 2015

Friday, February 26, released by Central Labour Relations Commission, JAPAN

Consumer Price Index (January)

Friday, February 26, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The consumer price index for Japan in January 2016 was 103.0(2010=100), the same level as the previous year. Omitting Fresh food, the comprehensive index was 102.6, the same level as the previous year.

The consumer price index for Ku-area of Tokyo in February 2016(preliminary) was 101.7(2010=100), up 0.1% over the year. Omitting Fresh food, the comprehensive index was 101.3, down 0.1% over the year.

Indices of Industrial Production (January)

Monday, February 29, released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industryopen new window

The index of industrial production (seasonally adjusted, 2010=100) increased by 3.7% from the previous month.

According to the Survey of Production Forecast in Manufacturing, Production is expected to decrease in February and increase in March.

Monthly Survey on Service Industries (Preliminary Report in December)

Monday, February 29, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications(PDF:77KB)open new window

The monthly sales amount of service industry by industry of business activity in December 2015 was 30.8 trillion yen, an increase of 3.0 % from the same month the year before. The total number of persons working at the location of establishment in the industry by industry of establishment and enterprise, etc. was 28,720 thousand person, an increase of 0.6% from the same month the year before.

Labour Force Survey (January)

Tuesday, March 1, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) was 3.2%, decreased by 0.1 point from the previous month. That for men was 3.4%, decreased by 0.2 point from the previous month and that for women was 2.9%, unchanged from the previous month.

The number of unemployed persons (seasonally adjusted) was 2.12million, decreased by 9 thousand from the previous month.

The number of employees was 57.12 million, increased by 1.01 million from the previous month.

Among them, the number of regular employee was 33.29 million, increased by 560 thousand from the previous year and the number of non-regular employee was 20.37 million, increased by 480 thousand from the previous year.

Employment Referrals for General Workers (January)

Tuesday, March 1, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfareopen new window

Active job openings-to-applicants ratio (seasonally adjusted) was 1.28, increased by 0.01point from the previous month.

The number of monthly active job openings (person(s)) (seasonally adjusted) was decreased by 1.6% from the previous month and the number of monthly active applications (person(s)) (seasonally adjusted) was decreased by 2.1% from the previous month.

New job openings-to-applicants ratio (seasonally adjusted) was 2.07, increased by 0.17 point from the previous month.

Active job openings-to-applicants ratio for regular staff (seasonally adjusted) was 0.80, unchanged from the previous month.

Trend in Unemployment Rate and Ratio of Active Job
Openings to Applicants (seasonally adjusted)

See the table above for chart data.

Family Income and Expenditure Survey (January)

Tuesday, March 1, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The average monthly income for a worker’s household with 2 or more family members was decreased by 1.3% in real terms from the same month a year before.

The change over the year of wages & salaries was -1.7% in real terms from the previous year (household heads: -2.1% in real terms, spouse of household: 3.4% in real terms).

The average monthly consumption expenditures for a worker’s household with 2 or more family members was decreased by 2.6% in real terms from the same month a year before.

Other Reports

Monthly Economic Report (February)

Thursday, February 25, released by the Cabinet Officeopen new window

The Japanese economy is on a moderate recovery, while weakness can be seen in some areas. (The same as the previous month)

  • Private consumption holds firm as a whole. (The same as the previous month)
  • Business investment is almost flat. (The same as the previous month)
  • Exports are in a weak tone recently. (The same as the previous month)
  • Industrial production is flat recently. (The same as the previous month)
  • Corporate profits are improving. Firms' judgment on current business conditions is almost flat, while cautiousness can be seen in some areas. (The same as the previous month)
  • The employment situation is improving. (The same as the previous month)
  • Consumer prices are rising moderately. (The same as the previous month)

Monthly Economic Labour Report (February)

Monday, February 29, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The employment situation is improving. (The same as the previous month)

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