|South Korea’s job additions for April this year resurged to the 300,000 mark in three months. 25.10 million Koreans were listed on the payrolls in April, up 345,000 year-on-year (yoy), said the Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) Wednesday.
The nation added 322,000 people on the payrolls in January, but the increase fell back to 201,000 in February and 249,000 in March. Then, the increase rebounded modestly last month.
The unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points yoy to 3.2 percent in April.
The unemployment rate among the youth group aged between 15 and 29 slid 0.1 percentage point yoy.
The number of the unemployed stood at 825,000, down 7.8 percent (70,000) yoy. All age groups saw decreases in the number of the unemployed except those aged between 15 and 19 (12,000, 77.4 percent) and those in the 40s (8,000, 5.8 percent).
Employment rate, or employment to population ratio, climbed 0.1 percentage point yoy to 59.8 percent. The ratio among men remained unchanged from a year ago, while the ratio among women inched up 0.1 percentage points to 49.0 percent.
The number of the employed in their 20s has been on the decline for 12 straight months, as it fell 90,000 last month. In contrast, the number of the employed increased in all age groups including those in the 50s (264,000), those in the 30s (34,000), those in the 40s (1,000), and those in the 60s (179,000).
Among sectors, manufacturing (165,000, 4.1 percent), public health and social welfare service (114,000, 8.0 percent) and industrial facility maintenance and support service (85,000, 7.6 percent) boosted employment.
Meanwhile, economically non-active population expanded 1.7 percent, or 269,000, yoy to 16.07 million.
159,000 people gave up looking for work, down 8,000.
[Written by Bahng young-duk]
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