Unemployment Up, Household Spending Falls In Japan

Japan unemployment up
Japan unemployment up

By Tomoko A. Hosaka

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's jobless rate climbed for the first time in three months in October while household spending and incomes fell, adding to evidence that the country's post-disaster rebound is waning.

Government figures released Tuesday showed the unemployment rate adjusted for seasonal variations had jumped to 4.5 percent from 4.1 percent in September. Other recent indicators show slowdowns in exports and industrial production in the face of a strong yen and a sputtering global economy.