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Japan is the latest country to emerge from the recession after recording growth of 0.9% in the second quarter of this year.
The slight improvement follows four consecutive quarterly contractions in the world's second-largest economy.
The turnaround is largely due to a boost in exports, which grew by 6.3% in the quarter.
France and Germany - the two biggest economies in Europe - have also recently come out of recession after recording small growth rates or the second quarter.
Japan's jobless rate hit a six-year high of 5.4 percent in June and deflation deepened as Asia's biggest economy wrestled with the fallout from its worst recession in decades, data showed Friday.
Reeling from plunging profits, Japanese companies shed thousands more workers, putting the unemployment rate on course to rise above its post-World War II high of 5.5 percent, last seen in April 2003.
The jobless rate will probably climb above 6.0 percent early next year, said Hiroshi Shiraishi, an economist at BNP Paribas.
"A lot of large corporations have been holding off slashing regular workers. But as it becomes clear that sales aren't going to recover much they will eventually have to start more aggressive restructuring," he said.
Hopes are mounting that Japan's economy has come through the worst of its export and production slump, but unemployment tends to lag behind economic growth in recovering from a recession.
The number of people out of work in June increased by 830,000, or 31.3 percent, from a year earlier to 3.48 million, lifting the jobless rate by 0.2 points from May when it stood at 5.2 percent, the government said.
But economists say the recovery could lose momentum later this year when a temporary boost from government stimulus steps, such as one-off payments and subsidies for energy-efficient cars and home appliances, peters out.
Originally posted by KSPigpen
How is it that the economies of these nations can be getting better if the people are unable to find work?