TOKYO , Dec. 27 -- ( Kyodo ) _ (EDS: UPDATING, TO BE UPDATED) Japan's job availability rose to 1.00 in November, its best level in six years, as the labor market has improved with the economy recovering, the government said Friday. The number of positions that firms tried to fill equaled the number of job seekers in the reporting month, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare . The ratio of employment offers to seekers was 0.98 in October. It was the first time for the ratio to climb to 1.00 since October 2007 , before the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in September 2008 triggered the economic and banking meltdown across the globe. The country's unemployment rate in November, meanwhile, was flat at 4.0 percent for the third straight month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said. The results suggest the effects of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies dubbed "Abenomics" -- entailing drastic monetary easing and massive fiscal spending to beat Japan's prolonged deflation -- have been boosting corporate profits and prompting companies to hire more workers, analysts said. In November, the number of unemployed people fell a seasonally adjusted 1.9 percent from a year earlier to 2.61 million, as those quitting jobs involuntarily dropped 2.2 percent to 870,000, the internal affairs ministry said in a preliminary report. By industry, manufacturers, including automakers and electric-appliance makers, added 80,000 jobs to 10.40 million on the back of the nascent economic recovery, while employment in the medical and welfare sector increased 240,000 to 7.46 million, it said.
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