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Pandemic propels jobless rate, as women suffer more employment strain: report

All News 12:00 April 01, 2021

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's jobless rate hit a 19-year high last year amid the pandemic, and women faced tougher job market situations than men, a report showed Thursday.

The country's unemployment rate reached 4 percent last year, up from 3.8 percent the previous year and the highest since 2001, according to the report on sustainable development goals by Statistics Korea.

The report was issued to assess South Korea's implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted to end poverty and promote sustainable growth by 2030.

The report showed the jobless rate for women in 2020 surpassed that for men for the first time since 2000.

The unemployment rate for women came to 4 percent last year, higher than the 3.9 percent recorded for men.

Last year, the country reported the biggest job losses since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, with the in-person service sector, temporary workers and women bearing the brunt of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths from the pandemic nearly matched that of deaths and disappearances tied to social disasters from 2009-2019, the report showed.

The country reported 917 COVID-19 related deaths as of Jan. 1 since the first case was confirmed on Jan. 20, 2020.

The tally compared with 1,047 people who died or went missing due to accidents and other non-natural disasters, the report showed.

South Korea reported 551 more coronavirus cases Thursday, raising the total to 103,639. The total number of deaths reached 1,735.

This photo, taken on April 1, 2021, shows citizens waiting in line to receive COVID-19 tests at a makeshift testing site in front of Seoul Station in central Seoul. (Yonhap)


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