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An estimated 157,806 nonregular employees, mainly temporary workers in the manufacturing sector, are expected to lose their jobs between last October and next month amid the recession, a labor ministry survey showed Friday.

The estimated number of job cuts during the six-month period represents a 26.4 percent rise from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry’s projection in its January survey, a finding highlighting the severity of the employment conditions of Japanese companies.

Temporary workers accounted for 107,375, or 68.0 percent, of the estimated 157,806 jobs being lost during the October-March period.

The remainder includes 28,877 contract employees and 12,988 workers hired by employment agencies.

The latest survey also found 9,973 regular employees are expected to lose their jobs during the half-year period, up 52.8 percent from the January survey.

The survey found a combined 1,574 college or high school students scheduled to graduate in March have had job offers canceled by companies.

The figure is about 29.5 percent higher than the 1,215 seen in the January survey, which was the worst since comparable figures became available in fiscal 1993, eclipsing the high of 1,077 recorded in fiscal 1997, when Japan’s financial sector was in turmoil due to the collapse of Yamaichi Securities Co.

Of those who had their job offers canceled, 1,280 were college students, including those at two-year colleges, and 294 were high school students.

The latest findings are expected to prompt Prime Minister Taro Aso’s government to give priority to addressing how to create jobs in an additional economic stimulus package it is considering compiling.

Of the temporary workers losing jobs, 2,099 managed to find new ones, representing only 10.0 percent of those tracked by the companies concerned.

Of the nonregular workers losing jobs, 99.2 percent subscribed to unemployment insurance policies. But only 65.2 percent of them have begun receiving jobless benefits.

Aichi Prefecture, the home of Japan’s auto industry, with Toyota Motor Corp. and affiliated parts suppliers, is expected to see the largest number of lost jobs among nonregular workers, at 23,892.

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