South Korea's unemployment rate inches up in December
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's unemployment rate inched up in December from the previous month, although the number of people in work grew by more than half a million from a year earlier.
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 3.0 per cent last month, compared to 2.9 per cent in November, the state agency Statistics Korea said on Wednesday.
The total number of employed people in December stood at 24.96 million, up 560,000 from a year earlier, the agency said.
The health and social welfare service sector added 165,000 positions from December 2012, while the number of people employed in the manufacturing sector grew by 82,000.