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Japan's jobless rate falls to 2.9% in November - government

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People wearing protective face masks walk inside a building at a business district, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's jobless rate fell to 2.9% in November and the availability of jobs grew slightly for the month, government data showed on Friday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate compared with the median forecast of 3.1%. In October, the jobless rate stood at 3.1%.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio rose to 1.06 from the previous month's 1.04, labour ministry data showed.

For a table, click the internal affairs ministry's website:

http://www.stat.go.jp/english/data/roudou/index.htm

(Note: The jobs-to-applicants ratio and new job offers can be seen in Japanese on the labour ministry's website)

(Reporting by Kentaro Sugiyama, writing by Kaori Kaneko, editing by Chris Gallagher)