JAPAN'S JOBLESS RATE FLAT AT 2.9% IN FEBRUARY

Japan’s jobless rate was steady at 2.9% in February, while the availability of jobs declined from the previous month, government data showed on Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate compared with the median forecast of 3.0%, and 2.9% in January.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.09, down from 1.10 in the previous month, labour ministry data showed. It was also below a Reuters poll forecast of 1.10.