South Korea's job market appears to be on track for a recovery after a year-long slump caused by the pandemic.
According to Statistics Korea Wednesday, the number of employed amounted to 27.6 million in June, up 582-thousand from a year earlier.
This marks the fourth straight month of job gains.
Employment figures have been on the rise since March following 12 consecutive months of on-year decline.
But job additions in June saw slower growth compared to the previous two months when the number of working people increased by more than 600-thousand.
The agency attributed last month's growth to several factors.
"Robust exports, improved economic activity, and the base effect from job losses last year led to a fourth consecutive month of job growth."
By sector, the health and social welfare industry and the construction industry have seen strong employment figures, driving the local job market up in June.
But the wholesale and retail sector remained the hardest hit, still down by 164-thousand jobs on-year.
The country's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent last month, down point-5 percentage points on-year.
Unemployment fell for those in their 20s, 30s, and 50s, but not for people in their 60s.
The number of people who are not economically active also dropped to 16.3 million last month, down for the fourth consecutive month.
While the latest report shows the labor market is recovering, the fourth wave of the pandemic is widely expected to take a heavy toll on employment in the service sector from July.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.