A report by Japan’s Ministry of Education revealed information that roughly 1 in 5 of the country’s university graduates this spring will be without a secure job. Although the 20.7 percent figure of jobless graduates in this category represented a 2.2 percentage point decline from a year earlier, this number still represents over 100 thousand graduates who don’t jobs when after graduation.
Of the 558,853 graduates from Japanese universities this spring, 67.3 percent — 375,959 — took full-time positions of some kind of job or were self-employed while 22,786 took jobs that were not secure. Job market conditions have been relatively improving when compared to the 2008 global financial crisis, but the ministry said that “the situation remains that some students enter the workforce in the way they don’t really desire.” According to data from ministry, there were 16,850, who took part-time positions. Those without jobs or who didn’t pursue further studies numbered 75,928, while 72,821, advanced to graduate school.
The education ministry started counting those without “secure employment” starting last year. This new category covers those students who graduated that are without jobs or not in school. It also includes those with part-time jobs, as well as those with fixed-period employment of one year or longer, either full or part-time. Lastly, the ministry’s data also showed that 30,770, or 5.5 percent of all graduates were in the NEET status – young people who were “not in education, employment, or training.”
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