A total of 74.2% of those who graduated from college in Japan this March found jobs, down 3.5 percentage points from the previous year for the second straight yearly fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to government data.

The number of university graduates who landed a job fell to 432,790, the education ministry data showed last week, with an official saying employment offers decreased in some sectors due to the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the number of those who went on to graduate school increased about 4,000 to 68,776, or 11.8% of the total, while 56,228 graduates, or 9.6%, did not get a job or proceed to graduate school, up about 15,000 from the year before.