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(LEAD) Culture ministry to create 1,700 new jobs

All Headlines 15:14 April 06, 2010

(ATTN: CORRECTS ages in para 2 to 15-29 from 15-19)
By Kim Boram

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- The culture ministry said Tuesday that it will spend 13 billion won (US$11.6 million) to create over 1,700 new jobs for young college graduates in the art, sports and tourism sectors.

Tackling unemployment has been one of South Korea's top priorities. The jobless rate stood at 4.9 percent in February after a record high of 5 percent in January. Unemployment among those aged between 15-29 is more serious at 10 percent.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said it will use money raised from the state-run sports lottery to create jobs and support culture-related private firms that are expected to provide some 5,000 jobs for young adults.

"The plan is expected to absorb many college graduates who majored in art, sports, theatre of film," said Minster Yu In-chon at a press briefing. "They need stable jobs to carry out their activities and we need their artistic abilities to teach young children and provide quality performances to the public."

The ministry said it will employ some 250 teachers for art and physical education in 500 public kindergartens nationwide and nearly 80 librarians in local libraries.

More than 50 sports instructors will be employed for national soccer leagues for elementary, middle and high school students and 80 experts will be hired to help disabled students with outdoor activities, said the ministry.

Public tourism agencies, theaters and sports associations will offer internship opportunities for about 500 students, it added.

The ministry will also support information technology companies working in computer graphics, the development of 3D programs and computer games, which are expected to provide jobs for some 5,000 young workers.


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