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Japan Inflation Ticks Up, Jobless Rate at 2.8 Pct in October

Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:48 PM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan reports its core inflation rate rose 0.8 percent in October, a slight increase from the month before, while the jobless rate remained steady at a very low 2.8 percent.

The data reported Friday add to indications of a stable recovery, although the rate of price increases is well below the 2 percent official target.

Inflation excluding volatile food prices and energy was only 0.2 percent, suggesting much of the increase in prices was related to energy costs. Electricity rates jumped 8 percent and the price of kerosene, used to heat many homes, climbed 21 percent.

Household incomes rose nearly 3 percent in October from a year earlier while spending was flat.

Japan's economy has picked up in recent months largely thanks to revived demand for exports across the region.

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