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S. Korea's Jobless Rate Rises to 4% in August

Write: 2018-09-12 09:09:18Update: 2018-09-12 11:22:00

S. Korea's Jobless Rate Rises to 4% in August

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South Korea's jobless rate rose slightly in August as job creation continued to decrease.

According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, the number of employed people last month stood at 26-point-nine million, an increase of three thousand from a year earlier. 

Monthly job growth hit the lowest point since January 2010, when it posted a decrease of ten-thousand. 

The figure, which hovered around 300-thousand last year, has remained below 200-thousand for seven consecutive months. 

The country's overall employment rate dropped three tenths of a percentage point on-year to 60-point-nine percent in August, while the jobless rate climbed to four percent last month, up point-four percentage point on-year. 

The number of jobless people came to one-point-13 million, up around 134-thousand from a year ago. The figure marks the largest August figure since 1999, when it reached as high as one-point-36 million. It was the eighth straight month that the figure has been above one-million. 

The unemployment rate for young people, aged between 15 and 29, came to ten percent, up point-six percentage point from a year earlier. It is also the highest August rate since 1999, when ten-point-seven percent of young people were unemployed.

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