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Households receiving public assistance in September rose to 1.26 million, 1.11 times more than a year ago, the government said Tuesday, with the number relying on welfare due mainly to job losses or pay cuts totaling 169,000, an increase of 1.42 times.

Underscoring the effects of the recession, the number of households living on welfare due to job losses and pay cuts rose in all 18 major cities across the nation, data from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry indicates.

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