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Job losses extend into Sept. amid pandemic, unemployment rate rises to 3.6 pct

Economy 08:00 October 16, 2020

SEJONG, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea lost about 392,000 jobs in September, marking a decline in the number of the employed for the seventh consecutive month, as the coronavirus pandemic hammered job markets, data showed Friday.

The country's jobless rate rose by 0.5 percentage point on-year to 3.6 percent in September, with the number of employed people falling to 27.01 million, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.

It marked the longest fall since the eight months of decline posted in 2009 amid the global financial crisis.

The employment rate for those aged between 15 and 64 reached 60.3 percent, down 1.2 percentage points on-year.

The number of economically active people decreased 276,000 to 28.01 million, while those inactive expanded by 532,000 to 16.81 million, the data showed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been widely considered to have had a full-fledged impact on local job markets over the second half, considering the time lag of one to two quarters for an economic crisis.

The file photo taken July 15, 2020, shows jobseekers looking at the floor plan of a recruitment event in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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