Recent Statistical Survey Reports, August 2016

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Statistical Survey Reports

Survey on Public Assistance Recipients (May)

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

The number of households of welfare recipients in May was 1,633,401 and the number of welfare recipients was 2,148,282.

School Basic Survey (FY2016)

Thursday, August 4, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The percentage of new graduates entering employment of upper secondary school was 17.7% (unchanged from the previous year) and that of university was 74.7% (an increase of 2.1 point from the previous year).

Monthly Labour Survey (Provisional Report in June)

Friday, August 5, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Total amount of cash earnings increased by 1.3% and contractual cash earnings increased by 0.1% (full-time employees 0.1%, part-time employees 0.1%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings increased by 3.3% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings increased by 0.1% and non-scheduled cash earnings decreased by 0.1%. Real wage (total cash earnings) increased by 1.8% from a year earlier and real wage (contractual cash earnings) increased by 0.5% from a year earlier.

Non-scheduled hours worked by manufacturing industry workers at business establishments with 5 or more employees increased by 2.9% from the previous month (seasonally adjusted).

Indexes of Business Conditions June 2016 (Preliminary Release)

Friday, August 5, released by the Cabinet Office

The Coincident Index of Composite Index (CI, revised figures, 2010=100) in June was 110.5, an increase of 1.3 point. And 3 months backward moving average increased for 0.17 point, and 7 months backward moving average decreased for 0.18 point. So the Assessment of Coincident Index was “Weakening” (The same as the previous month)

The Leading Index was 98.4, unchanged, and the Lagging Index was 112.0, an increase of 0.5 point.

Labor Force Survey: Detailed Tabulation (Apr.-Jun. 2016)

Tuesday, August 9, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Of the total 53.56 million employed persons (average, in the Apr. - Jun. 2016), the number of the regular employees (excluding board members) increased by 530 thousand from the previous year to 33.67 million. The number of non-regular employees of the employees was 19.89 million, increased by 360 thousand from the previous year.

Of the total 2.17 million unemployed persons, the number of persons who had been unemployed for 1 year or more was 780 thousand, increased by 40 thousand from the previous year.

National Accounts (The 1st Preliminary Estimates Apr.-Jun. 2016)

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

Real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth rate (Seasonally Adjusted) at Apr.-Jun.2016 was 0.0% (0.2% on annual basis). Of real GDP growth rate, 0.3% was contributed by domestic demand and -0.3% by external demand.

Compensation of Employees (real) was 0.3% and compensation of Employees (nominal) was 0.1% (changes from the previous quarter (seasonally adjusted)).

Quartely Estimates of GDP: Apr. ~ Jun. 2015(The 1st 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.

Monthly Labour Survey (Final Report in June)

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

Total amount of cash earnings decreased by 1.4% and contractual cash earnings unchanged(full-time employees 0.3%, part-time employees 0.1%) from a year earlier.

Special cash earnings increased by 3.6% from a year earlier. Scheduled cash earnings unchanged and non-scheduled cash earnings decreased by 0.1%. Real wage (total cash earnings) increased by 2.0% 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 increased by 2.9% from the previous month (seasonally adjusted).

Survey on Labour Disputes (2015)

Tuesday, August 23, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

There were 425 cases of "total disputes" (495 cases for the previous year), a reduction for the sixth consecutive year, and a record low since 1957 where comparable data is available.

Indexes of Business Conditions June 2016 (Revision of the Preliminary Release)

Wednesday, August 24, released by the Cabinet Office

The Coincident Index of Composite Index (CI, revised figures, 2010=100) in June was 111.1, an increase of 1.9 point. And 3 months backward moving average increased for 0.37 point, and 7 months backward moving average decreased for 0.10 point. So the Assessment of Coincident Index was “Weakening” (The same as the previous month)

The Leading Index was 99.2, an increase of 0.8 point, and the Lagging Index was 112.7, an increase of 1.2 point.

Survey on Employment Trends (2015)

Wednesday, August 24, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

The hiring rate (the ratio of hired employees to regular employees at the beginning of the new year) was 16.3% and the separation rate (the ratio of separated employees to regular employees at the beginning of the new year) was 15.0%.

Looking at the wage of hired employees who changed occupations, those who admit 35.6% of them cited that the wage was “increased from the previous occupation” and 33.4% cited “decreased”.

Consumer Price Index (July)

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

The consumer price index for Japan in July 2016 was 99.6(2015=100), down 0.4% over the year. Omitting Fresh food, the comprehensive index was 99.6, down 0.5% over the year.

The consumer price index for Ku-area of Tokyo in August 2016(preliminary) was 99.6(2015=100), down 0.5% over the year. Omitting Fresh food, the comprehensive index was 99.7, down 0.4% over the year.

* this monthly report based on the 2015-base CPI.

Public Opinion Survey on the Life of the People (July, 2016)

Monday, August 29, released by the Cabinet Office

Labour Force Survey (July)

Tuesday, August 30, released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) was 3.0%, decreased by 0.1 point from the previous month. That for men was 3.2%, unchanged from the previous month and that for women was 2.7%, decreased by 0.3 point from the previous month.

The number of unemployed persons (seasonally adjusted) was 2.01million, decreased by 70 thousand from the previous month.

The number of employees was 57.21 million, increased by 890 thousand from the previous year.

Among them, the number of regular employee was 33.57 million, increased by 210 thousand from the previous year and the number of non-regular employee was 20.25 million, increased by 690 thousand from the previous year.

Employment Referrals for General Workers (July)

Tuesday, August 30, released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfareopen new window

Active job openings-to-applicants ratio (seasonally adjusted) was 1.37, unchanged from the previous month.

The number of monthly active job openings (person(s)) (seasonally adjusted) was increased by 0.7% from the previous month and the number of monthly active applications (person(s)) (seasonally adjusted) was increased by 0.4% from the previous month.

New job openings-to-applicants ratio (seasonally adjusted) was 2.01, unchanged from the previous month.

Active job openings-to-applicants ratio for regular staff (seasonally adjusted) was 0.88, unchanged from the previous month.

Quartely Estimates of GDP: Apr. ~ Jun. 2015(The 1st 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.

Family Income and Expenditure Survey (July)

Tuesday, August 30, 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 1.8% in real terms from the same month a year before.

The change over the year of wages & salaries was -1.9% in real terms from the previous year (household heads: -1.7% in real terms, spouse of household: -4.1% in real terms).

The average monthly consumption expenditures for a worker’s household with 2 or more family members was decreased by 3.5% in real terms from the same month a year before.

Indices of Industrial Production (July)

Wednesday, August 31, released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industryopen new window

The index of industrial production (seasonally adjusted, 2010=100) unchanged from the previous month.

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

Other Reports

Monthly Economic Report (August)

Wednesday, August 24, released by the Cabinet Officeopen new window

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

  • Private consumption is almost flat, while consumer confidence appears to be pausing. (The same as the previous month)
  • Business investment is picking up. (The same as the previous month)
  • Exports are almost flat. (The same as the previous month)
  • Industrial production is flat. (The same as the previous month)
  • Corporate profits improvement appears to be pausing, although they remain at a high level. Firms' judgment on current business conditions shows cautiousness further. (The same as the previous month)
  • The employment situation is improving. (The same as the previous month)
  • Consumer prices are flat. (In the previous month, “Consumer prices are rising at a slower tempo recently.”)
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