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Japanese jobless for June highest in six years

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  • Nearly 3.5 million Japanese were unemployed in June
  • That is a rise of more than 30 percent from the previous year
  • Jobless figures were up two-tenths of a percent from May
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TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Japan's unemployment rate hit a six-year high in June, climbing to 5.4 percent, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday.

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The jobless figures were up two-tenths of a percent from May after holding at that rate for three months.

Nearly 3.5 million Japanese were unemployed in June, an increase of 830,000 or more than 30 percent from the previous year, according to the ministry.

CNN's Morgan Neill contributed to this report

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