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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Idled nonregulars to top 190,000

Staff writer

The tally of laid-off nonregular workers between October and this June will reach 192,061, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry announced Tuesday.

Most will be temporary workers, at 65.3 percent of the total, while seasonal workers will account for 20.4 percent, contract workers 8.1 percent and part-timers 1 percent.

Aichi Prefecture, home turf of major automakers, will account for the most nonregular workers who have been or will be axed, numbering 32,014.

According to a ministry, 77,861 temporary worker contracts were canceled before they expired and those of 102,365 workers were not extended. Between October and March, 184,347 jobs were cut, up 26,500 from the figures for February.

Regular workers who have been laid off since October or will be by this month come to 12,502, the ministry said.

A separate ministry survey found that informal job contracts for 344 high school and 1,501 university graduates were canceled this spring.

In December, Komatsulite Mfg. Co., an electronics parts manufacturer based in Osaka, rescinded job offers to 12 university students and nine high school students.

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