Japan Feb wages rise 0.3 pct yr/yr

 TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) - Japanese wage earners' total
cash earnings edged up 0.3 percent in February from a year
earlier, labour ministry data showed, rising for the 12th
straight month, although the earthquake and tsunami are certain
to hurt jobs and incomes in the coming months. 	
 The ministry said a smaller than usual number of companies
in the three prefectures in northeast Japan most severely hit by
the March 11 quake and tsunami gave replies, and that may have
exaggerated wage growth slightly because incomes are relatively
low in the prefectures, which account for about 4 percent of
Japan's GDP.	
 Special payments grew 31.1 percent in February, contributing
to overall growth, while overtime pay, a barometer of strength
in corporate activity, increased 3.5 percent in February from a
year earlier, logging the 14th straight month of rises.	
 Wage earners' total cash earnings stood at 264,773 yen
($3,194) in February, up 0.3 percent from a year earlier
following a revised 0.4 percent rise the previous month.	
 The number of people employed rose 0.7 percent in February,
marking the 13th consecutive month of rises, with the number of
general employees up 0.3 percent and that of part-time workers
up 1.6 percent.	
 The following table shows preliminary data for monthly
incomes and numbers of workers in February:	
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                         FEB         FEB         JAN
 Payments (yen)                      yr/yr change   (pct)
 Total cash earnings   264,773 yen      +0.3         +0.4*
 Monthly wage          261,691 yen      -0.1         -0.2*
 -Regular pay          243,321 yen      -0.3         -0.5
 -Overtime pay          18,370 yen      +3.5         +3.6*
 -Special payments       3,082 yen     +31.1        +12.0*	
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 Number of workers (million)
 Overall                44.143 mln      +0.7         +0.8
 -general employees     31.833 mln      +0.3          0.0*
 -part-time employees   12.310 mln      +1.6         +2.8*
 	
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 *denotes a revision from preliminary data.	
 The ministry defines "workers" as 1) those who are employed
for more than one month at a firm that employs more than five
people, or 2) those who are employed on a daily basis or have
less than a one-month contract but had worked more than 18 days
during the two months before the survey was conducted at a firm
that employs more than five people.	
 To view the full tables, see the labour ministry's website
at:  http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/database/db-l/index.html	
 
($1 = 82.875 Japanese Yen)	
	
 (Reporting by Rie Ishiguro; Editing by Michael Watson)	
 

Japan Feb wages rise 0.3 pct yr/yr