April 1, 2009

Temporary jobs losses mount in Japan

The Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry estimated 192,061 non-regular jobs will be lost between October and June.

The job category, mostly comprised of temporary workers, is an increase of 34,000 above the previous estimate released in February, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported Wednesday.

The ministry predicted 4,290 temporary jobs would be lost in April.

The ministry also estimated 184,347 regular workers had lost their jobs between October and March.

Broken down by industry, manufacturing has lost the most jobs in Japan, followed by wholesale and retailing industries and transportation, the report said.