85,000 temp jobs could go by March

Labor ministry estimate surges 55,000; work offers withdrawn from students up 130%

The number is up around 55,000 from the previous estimate, which was based on a survey conducted in November by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

The number of people who have lost or will lose their housing as a result of job losses between October and March is estimated to reach 2,157.

Of those who have lost their jobs in the period and for whom information is available, 88.2 percent have yet to secure new positions.

Temporary workers are in constant fear of losing both their jobs and their homes.