November 08, 2018 08:26
The number of economically inactive people in Korea has risen by more than 200,000 over the past two years.
Statistics Korea said Wednesday that the so-called economically inactive population -- who are not looking for jobs or have given up -- surpassed 16 million in August, up 1.3 percent from the same month of 2016. Its percentage in the population aged over 15 was unchanged at 36.6 percent.
Those over 60 years old accounted for more than 38 percent of the group, followed by those aged 15 to 19, and those in their 20s. The agency said poor health was the most common reason for not seeking work.
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