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NAGOYA (Kyodo) Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will hire 2,030 people for fiscal 2004, up from 1,900 a year earlier and above 2,000 for the first time in six years.

The number is up for the second consecutive year, it said.

The automaker said it will hire 780 high school graduates, 750 of whom will be assigned to work mainly on factory production lines, up from 620 the previous year.

It said the staff increase is to deal with a greater workload at domestic factories, which are operating at high utilization rates due to brisk exports.

Toyota plans to hire 780 university graduates, compared with 774 the previous year.

It will also hire 220 graduates of junior colleges, technical colleges and technical schools, up 36 over the previous year.

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