Youth Employment Hit Hardest by Coronavirus

  • By Hong Jun-ki, Ahn Joong-hyeon

    May 19, 2020 11:44

    Koreans in their 30s account for the largest group of workers who ended up with little or no work amid the coronavirus epidemic, and those in their 20s account for the biggest number who gave up searching for jobs altogether.

    The latest employment data show that the coronavirus epidemic has made employment conditions for young people even worse.


    United Future Party lawmaker Choo Kyung-ho analyzed April employment data and found that 20.1 percent of 1.48 million people on temporary leave last month were in their 30s. And almost half of them were non-permanent workers (64,000) and self-employed people without any staff (57,000).

    Many temporary workers could end up out of work entirely if the epidemic persists, while small businesses could go under in droves.

    The number of people who gave up searching for jobs soared to 611,000 last month, with those in their 20s accounting for 34.7 percent or 212,000. People in this category want to work but gave up because none of the jobs available now meet their criteria. The group also included 106,000 people in their 30s.

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