South Korea's unemployment rate reached 3.9 percent in July, the highest level for July in 19 years, despite nearly 300-thousand newly added jobs.
Statistics Korea said on Wednesday, the number of unemployed people last month was around 1.1 million, up almost 60-thousand from a year ago.
The jobless rate for those aged between 15 and 29 was particularly high at nearly 10 percent.
According to an official at the statistics agency, the jobless rate was high because it increased on-year for all age groups except for those in their 40s.
By sector, the number of jobs continued to decline on-year in manufacturing and finance, due mainly to a lack of growth in those sectors.
The number of people working in manufacturing dropped some 94-thousand falling for the 7th month in a row.
However, the total number of people in employment last month increased to around 27 million, up 299-thousand on-year.
The rate of increase has surpassed the 200-thousand mark for the 3rd consecutive month.
New jobs were created mainly in the health and social work sectors.
"When new jobs increase, more people tend to look for work. Among the jobseekers, those who have gained jobs were counted as employed and those who have not were counted as unemployed. Last month, the youth and the elderly looked for jobs more actively, lifting both the employment and jobless rates together."
The agency added the increase could mean more active participation in the economy by both people and companies.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.