Companies with excess labor outnumbered those with shortages in August by the widest margin since May 2000, according to a government survey.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said its quarterly survey shows that the index on the ratio of companies with a labor shortage to those with excess labor worsened to minus 10 from minus 6 in its previous survey for May.

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