The rate at which female workers lost jobs exceeded that of those who became employed during the first half of 2001, marking the first negative gap in the 10 years that such figures have been recorded, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

In its latest report on labor turnover, the ministry said Japan’s gross labor turnover of female and male workers — the total number of workers who left or obtained jobs — during the January-June period this year came to 7.58 million, up 400,000 from a year earlier.

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