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No. of temp workers down 24.3% in FY 2009; largest fall since 1986

No. of temp workers down 24.3% in FY 2009 largest fall since 1986
The number of temporary workers dispatched by staffing agencies dropped 24.3% in fiscal 2009 from the previous year to about 3.02 million, marking the first fall in five years and the largest rate of decline since fiscal 1986 when the data compiling began, a labor ministry survey showed Wednesday.
The rate of decline was the largest ever, as many companies, especially manufacturers, cut temporary jobs amid the global economic downturn since the fall of 2008, which was triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
After the Lehman shock, many companies intensified moves to terminate or not renew the contracts of temporary workers.
The survey covered 71,500 business offices which submitted employment reports to the ministry between April 1 last year and March 31 this year.
According to the report, the number of registered agency workers engaged in short-term employment totaled around 2.06 million in fiscal 2009, while about 960,000 had been dispatched by staffing agencies for long-term employment.
The number of temporary workers who worked at manufacturing companies as of June 1 plunged 54.5% from a year earlier to around 250,000.


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