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Average monthly overtime hours worked per capita among manufacturers declined 18.7 percent in fiscal 2008 from the previous year, down for the first time in seven years and posting the largest drop in 16 years, the government said Monday.

Average monthly overtime hours worked, a key gauge of economic outlook, came to 13.4 hours for manufacturers in the year ended March 31, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

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