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Municipalities creating special new temporary employment for jobless

Date Posted: 2009-01-08

The nationís worsening economic picture has shuffled thousands of workers into unemployment lines, and Okinawa municipalities are rushing to the rescue.
Naha City has taken the lead in setting up emergency employment provisions, which include creating temporary jobs for about 100 workers at city offices. Urasoe City has followed the same path, creating emergency worker slots for about 50 people, while Ginowan and Nanjo Cities, as well as Kadena Town are studying the emergency measures concept with an eye to doing the same.
The cities and towns say the emergency measures are not designed to be permanent jobs, but rather, temporary positions to help the unemployed through the next couple months.
Izena Village has already picked up six new employees since last month, and says another 20 people have applied for positions. Izena Village is setting each job for a two-month period, during which village officials will help the individuals find permanent work.
The American Military Base Employment Labor Management Organization, meanwhile, says job applications are up significantly for positions on U.S. bases. A total of 6,900 applied for jobs on-base during 2009, some in person and others via the internet. The management organization says there are 9,078 Japanese workers on the bases, but notes the bases have begun cutbacks. Still, between 400 and 600 new workers are expected to be hired soon, drawn from a pool of more than 10,000 who have applications on file.

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