South Korea reported higher on-year job figures for the sixth month in a row in August despite the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.
According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, over 27.6 million people were employed last month, up roughly 518-thousand on-year.
"Despite the toughest social distancing level in the capital area and virus prevention measures, employment improved in August thanks to robust exports and the base effect from the previous year."
But the pace of growth has slowed for the fourth straight month.
August's job additions,. were around 24-thousand lower than July's increase.
By age group, the number of people in their 30s who were employed, also dropped for the 18th consecutive month.
This was due in part to a decrease in the population of that age group.
In terms of sectors, in-person services continue to suffer amid the on-going pandemic.
The largest job losses were in retail, which had 113-thousand fewer jobs last month than a year earlier.
The manufacturing industry saw the loss of 76-thousand jobs, the biggest fall in six months.
Most of those job losses occurred in the automobile sector due to constant production line stoppages but the textiles and electric goods sectors also saw notable job losses.
On the other hand, employment in healthcare saw the biggest on-year rise, adding 243-thousand more jobs.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News