Japan's jobs-to-applicants ratio fell in April

A weaker yen and rising prices are apparently affecting Japan's job market. A government survey shows the ratio of job openings to applicants dropped in April.

The labor ministry says that on a nationwide average there were 126 job openings for every 100 applicants in April, down from 128 in March.

Ministry officials say they see efforts to cut personnel in sectors such as manufacturing. These have been hit hard by the yen's depreciation and rising costs.

Meanwhile, separate data from the internal affairs ministry show a jobless rate of 2.6 percent in April, showing no change from March.