Japanese college graduates shout in a display of self-encouragement during a job-hunting rally at an outdoor theatre in Tokyo. Some 1500 graduates from Japanese vocational schools attended a pep rally designed to boost their morale as they break into the job market this year.
Afghan men clean raisins in a factory in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
A miner emerges from an illegal coal mine near the Bosnian town of Vitez yesterday. For the past four years, war veteran Ramiz Rizvic with his son and some family members, have been extracting coal from this illegal and unsafe mine using primitive and makeshift tools. Each of the workers earns the equivalent of $12 for a 12 hour shift at 200 meters (655 ft) deep. They sell each 50 kg (110 lb) sack of their coal for about 4$. High unemployment levels in the former Yugoslavian republic has helped the proliferation of this kind of illegal mining.
Vocational school students raise their fists during a rally to start off job-hunting in Tokyo. Japan‘s jobless rate held at 4 per cent in October, and the number of positions on offer for every 100 people seeking work rose to 98, the highest level since 2007 – a sign of tightening in the job market that could put upward pressure on wages.
Jobseekers line up at a job fair at Tianjin university, China. According to local media, more than 6,000 people rushed to the job fair on Friday for openings from 300 companies, against the backdrop that a decrease is expected in available positions for fresh graduates in the China job market in 2014
Young women wearing dark suits worn by new employees cross a street in Tokyo, Japan. Government data show unemployment climbed 0.3 percentage points to 4.1% from the previous month, the first increase in 6 months. The jobless rate for men rose to 4.5% from 4.2% in July, while that for women climbed to 3.7% from 3.3%.