Japan's workers see bump in wages in August

Japanese workers brought home slightly more pay in August than a year earlier.

They still made less than before the pandemic, while those in the hotel and restaurant industries continued to see declines.

The labor ministry says average cash earnings per worker was nearly 275,000 yen, or about 2,460 dollars. That includes basic salary and overtime pay.

The figure is up 0.7 percent in yen terms from August 2020, marking the sixth-straight month of increase.

Growth in overtime and other non-scheduled payments was relatively high at 6.5 percent.

But workers at hotels and restaurants were paid less than last year, with non-scheduled salaries down over 25 percent. Ministry officials say that trend is continuing.