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Japan: 75% of Latest University Grads Secure Jobs
Source: yomiuri.co.jp
Source Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Japan
Created: Jan 21, 2013

As of Dec. 1 last year, 75 percent of the nation's university students set to graduate this spring had found jobs, up 3.1 percentage points from a year earlier, the education and labor ministries said Friday.

The rate improved for the second consecutive year, after nose-diving after the 2008 global economic slump, officials of the ministries said.

But the employment situation for new graduates continues to be severe, with an estimated 110,000 students yet to find jobs at the time of the latest joint survey, the officials said.

The ministries also announced 75.8 percent of high schoolers set to graduate in spring had secured jobs, up 2.7 points, at the end of November, extending the upward trend to a third year.

Of the 4,770 university students surveyed at 62 public and private institutions across the country, 75.7 percent hoped to have full-time jobs when they graduate in March.

The rate of those seeking jobs was up 0.3 point, the highest level since collection of comparative data began in 1996, the officials said. It noted that 420,000 students were looking for postgraduation jobs at the beginning of December.

Regarding the numbers, a senior labor ministry official said companies that have recovered from the 2008 slump are now hiring new workers. The official added many students have shifted their focus from large corporations to smaller businesses.

The survey also found men securing jobs rose 1.4 points to 74.5 percent, while women finding employment rose 5.1 points to 75.6 percent. Art majors showed a 2.8 point increase to 73.9 percent and science and engineering majors saw a 4.8 point jump to 80.2 percent.

The Kinki region saw the highest overall numbers, at 77.1 percent, up 5.2 points, while the Chugoku-Shikoku region was the lowest, at 69.1 percent, down 0.2 point.

On the improvement in the employment rate for spring high school graduates, the officials said job offers from contractors and retailers had increased amid growing reconstruction demand in areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The rate rose by 1.5 points to 79.3 percent for male students and by 4.5 points to 71.2 percent for female students.

Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures saw the number of students securing employment top 80 percent, the survey showed.
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