South Korea in March marked its first job additions in 13 months, more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic took such a heavy toll on the economy.
Statistics Korea said Wednesday that the number of employed people last month was some 26.9 million,up one.two percent on-year.
The number of employed in their 20s rose by more than 130-thousand.
There were more than 400-thousand more workers in their 60s.
However, the number of employed in their 30s and 40s both declined.
"The growth can be attributed to eased social distancing rules, which started from February 15th. There was also the base effect from the previous year's employment crisis in March."
However, the country's unemployment rate edged up point-1 percentage point on-year to 4.3 percent.
Statistics Korea says this is because people who previously were not seeking work began to search for a job.
Young adults, between 15 and 29, had a hard time the jobless rate for that age range reaching 10 percent up point-1 percentage point on-year.
By sector, some of the industries that were hit hardest by the pandemic saw an improvement in employment numbers.
Job losses in face-to-face industries like the in-person service sector eased.
The manufacturing sector saw a smaller decline in jobs, down 11-thousand in March.
South Korea's accommodation and food sector reported 28-thousand fewer jobs in March,but that was not as pronounced as the previous month.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News.