[MHLW] Publication of Summarized Job Placement Situations for Persons with Disabilities through the Public Employment Security Office (Hello Work)

On June 24, 2022, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) released a report on the job placement situation of persons with disabilities through the Public Employment Security Office, known as Hello Work, in fiscal 2021.

The main points of the report are as follows:

  • The number of new jobs applied for and those hired: 

The number of new job applications was 223,985 (up 5.7% from the previous year), which exceeded the level of the pre-COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of those hired was 96,180, up 7.1% from the previous year (89,840), exceeding the growth in new job applications but down 6.8% from 103,163 in 2019, two fiscal years ago.

  • The employment rate (employment numbers / new job applications):

The employment rate was 42.9%, up 0.5 points from the previous year.



Number of Hired

Year-on-year Difference (%)

Employment Rate (%)

<Year-on-year Difference>



Increased by 804  (4.0% up)

35.9 (1.2 points up)



Increased by 156  (0.8% up)

57.6 (0.1 points down)



Increased by 5,261(13.0% up)

42.4 (0.2 points down)



Increased by 119  (1.3% up)

41.3 (3.1 points up)



Increased by 6,340 (7.1% up)

42.9 (0.5 points up)

  • Factors behind the increase in the number of those hired 

The increase in employment can be attributed mainly to the increased job-seeking activities of people with psychosocial disabilities, which led to the rise in the number of new job applications. It is also likely attributable to improved job openings in many industries, especially in the following sectors, which account for a relatively high percentage of job placements for people with disabilities.

  • "Medical and welfare" (job openings: up 9.4%, hired: up 4.3%)
  • "Manufacturing industry" (job openings: up 19.8%, hired: up 18.5%)
  • "Service industry" (job openings: up 16.9%, hired: up 13.2%)
  • Number of dismissals (as reported to Hello Work)

The number of dismissed workers with disabilities was 1,656, down from the previous year (2,191 persons) and 2019 (2,074 persons), showing signs of stabilizing.

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