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The number of workers hired out by temp agencies grew 4.6 percent to a new all-time high of about 3.99 million in fiscal 2008, a labor ministry survey said Thursday.

While the new yearly figure represents the fourth consecutive time the record has been broken, the gain was sharply lower than the 18.7 percent surge seen in fiscal 2007, the annual report compiled by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

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