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S. Korea reports biggest job growth since 2014 Updated: 2021-05-12 16:49:37 KST

South Korea's job market appears to be on track for recovery after a year-long slump from the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, the number of people employed amounted to 27.2 million in April, up 652-thousand from a year earlier.
The figure marks the largest job growth in almost seven years.
It's also the second straight month of more jobs after the country in March saw its first job growth in 13 months.
The agency attributed the growth to several factors.

"Improved economic activity, eased social distancing measures, and the base effect from a severe job loss in April last year have led to a second consecutive month of job growth."

By sector, the health and social welfare industry, transportation, warehousing and construction have all seen increased employment, while arts, sports and leisure activities have seen job figures plunge.
But some service sectors have reported growth.

"The hospitality and food industry reported its first job growth in 14 months, and the education service sector is also growing. This shows that the in-person services industry is getting better."

Meanwhile, the country's unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent in April, down point-2 percentage points on-year.
Unemployment fell for those in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, but remained high for young adults in their 20s and 30s.
The number of non-economically active people also fell to 16.7 million last month, down 324-thousand on-year.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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