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The number of employed people increased by 865,000 in April… Half of them are ‘over 60’

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The number of employed people in April increased by 865,000 compared to the same month last year. As of the same month in April, it was the largest increase since 2000, and the employment rate was the highest since statistics were compiled, and the unemployment rate was the lowest. However, it was found that a significant portion of the increase in the number of jobs was directly occupied by seniors aged 60 and over.

According to the ‘April Employment Trend’ released by the National Statistical Office on the 11th, the number of employed people last month was 28.078,000, an increase of 865,000 from a year earlier. This is the largest increase in 22 years since 2000, when the number was 10,49,000.

When looking at the number of employed people by age group, seniors had the highest number of jobs. The number of people aged 60 and over increased by 424,000, accounting for about half of the increase in the total number of employed people. The number of people in their 50s was 208,000, the largest increase after those in their 60s. Following this, the number of employed people in their 20s (191,000 people), 30s (33,000 people), and 40s (15,000 people) increased all at once.

By industry, the health, social welfare service, and public administration, which include direct employment projects, which were taxed by the government, showed the most notable increase in employment with 230,000 and 91,000, respectively.

In the case of manufacturing (132,000 people), the number of employed people increased the most in six years and five months since November 2015 (182,000 people) due to continued strong exports. However, as the impact of COVID-19 continued, the number of employed in the wholesale and retail industry and the lodging and restaurant industry decreased by 11,000 and 27,000, respectively, compared to a year ago. The financial and insurance industries also showed a declining trend with 54,000 fewer jobs.

By occupational status, the number of regular workers classified as relatively good jobs increased by 929,000.

The number of temporary workers (48,000) also increased, but the number of daily workers decreased by 117,000. The number of self-employed increased for both self-employed people with employees (39,000 people) and self-employed people without employees (20,000 people).

By working hours, the number of those employed 36 hours or more increased by 709,000. The number of workers employed for less than 36 hours increased by 102,000, and among them, short-term workers between 1 and 17 hours (83,000 people) showed a particularly large increase. The employment rate for those aged 15 and over stood at 62.1%, up 1.7 percentage points from the same month last year, setting a new high as of the same month.

The number of unemployed was 864,000 last month, down 283,000 (24.7%) from a year earlier. In terms of gender, there were 459,000 men and 405,000 women, which decreased by 194,000 (29.7%) and 90,000 (18.1%) respectively during the same period. The unemployment rate was 3%, down 1 percentage point from the same month last year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.7%.

The economically inactive population was 16,291,000, a decrease of 376,000 (2.3%) during this period. The economically inactive population refers to those who are neither employed nor unemployed among the population aged 15 and over. Those who do not engage in economic activities or are resting with no intention of doing business, housewives, the elderly, those who are preparing for employment, those who are preparing for college, and those who have given up on job search are representative examples. By activity status, the number of seniors increased by 246,000 (10.6%), but attendance at school decreased by 180,000 (5.2%) and by 152,000 (6.4%) at rest. On the other hand, there were 766,000 job seekers, an increase of 88,000 compared to the same month last year. The number of people who took a break without doing childcare or housework and those who gave up looking for a job decreased by 152,000 and 205,000, respectively. Among the economically inactive population, the number of people taking a break for no specific reason is decreasing, while the number of job seekers is increasing.

Gong Mi-sook, director of social statistics at the National Statistical Office, said, “The employment growth continued due to brisk exports and the non-face-to-face transition of the industry. .

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