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Yaeyama attracts non-Okinawa job seekers

Date Posted: 2006-12-18

The lure of the islands is real to Okinawa’s southernmost island group.

A new survey shows that more than 40% of the job applicants for the Yaeyamas and Ishigaki City are coming from people living outside Okinawa. The August ~ October investigation by Hello Work showed that 202 of those applying for jobs came from mainland Japan. Another 321 were from Okinawa.

The influx from mainland Japan was heaviest from Tokyo with 14.1% of applicants, followed by Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Chiba and Fukuoka. Of the Okinawa residents applying for jobs during the period, 159, or 72.3%, said they were from Yaeyama.

Most had lived in Yaeyama for less than five years. Young people 21-30 were the largest group of job seekers, followed by those 30-40. Only 9.1% of applicants were older than 40.

Hello Work Yaeyama said its investigation showed that “we have a lot of laborers who have grown up in a different environment, so it is difficult in matching their searches with job offers.” The employment group says it tries to match skills and job requirements.

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