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1. Economically Active Population Survey

(in thousand persons, %)

Economically Active Population Survey
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Economically
active population
27,153 27,418 27,748 27,895 28,186 28,012
Participation rate 62.8 62.9 63.2 63.1 63.3 62.5
No. of employed 26,178 26,409 26,725 26,822 27,123 26,904
Employment Rate1) 60.5 60.6 60.8 60.7 60.9 60.1
- Male 71.4 71.2 71.2 70.8 70.7 69.8
- Female 50.1 50.3 50.8 50.9 51.6 50.7
- Youth2) 41.2 41.7 42.1 42.7 43.5 42.2
- Aged3) 66.0 66.2 67.5 66.8 66.9 66.6

1) Employment rate = (employed persons aged 15 and over/population aged 15 and over)x100
2) Youth : people aged 15~29
3) Aged : people aged 55~64

Source : Statistics Korea(www.kosis.kr) [Economically Active Population Survey]

2. Wage & Working Hours

(1) Minimum Wage

(per hour, in won, %, in thousand persons)

Minimum Wage
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Minimum Wage 6,030 6,470 7,530 8,350 8,590 8,720
Increase Rate
(year-on-year)
8.1 7.3 16.4 10.9 2.87 1.5
No. of Workers applied 18,776 19,312 19,627 20,006 20,045 20,559

(2) Survey on Wages

(per month, in thousand won, %)

Survey on Wages
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Nominal wage 3,106 (3.8) 3,207 (3.3) 3,376 (5.3) 3,490(3.4) 3,527(1.1)
Real wage 3,076 (2.8) 3,116 (1.3) 3,232 (3.7) 3,329(3.0) 3,346(0.5)
Consumer price index 100.97(1.0) 102.93(1.9) 104.45(1.5) 104.85(0.4) 105.42(0.5)

1) Figures in ( ) are year-on-year increase rates.
2) Real wage = (nominal wage/consumer price index) x 100

(3) Working Hours at Establishments

(in hour, per month, %)

Working Hours at Establishments
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All employees 169.4 (-1.2) 166.3 (-1.8) 163.9 (-1.4) 163.1 (-0.5) 160.6 (-1.5)
Regular employees Total hours 177.1 (-0.9) 173.3 (-2.1) 171.2 (-1.2) 170.3 (-0.5) 166.9 (-2.0)
Contractual hours of work 166.4 (-0.9) 163.2 (-1.9) 161.6 (-1.0) 161.3 (-0.2) 158.6 (-1.7)
Overtime hours 10.7 (-0.9) 10.1 (-5.6) 9.5 (-5.9) 9.1 (-4.2) 8.3 (-8.8)
Temporary&daily employees 107.2 (-5.7) 104.7 (-2.3) 98.6 (-5.8) 96.0 (-2.6) 97.6 (1.7)

Note :Figures in ( ) are year-on-year increase rates.
Source : Ministry of the Employment and Labor(laborstat.moel.go.kr)

3. Labor Dispute

(in case, day)

Labor Dispute
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of Disputes 105 120 101 101 141 105
No. of Work Days Lost 446,852 2,034,751 861,783 551,773 401,845 554,009

Note :The number of disputes were calculated on the basis of bargaining unit.
Source : Ministry of Employment and Labor(www.moel.go.kr)

4. Coverage of Employment Insurance

(1) Number of Insured Persons under Employment Insurance

(in each, thousand persons)

Number of Insured Persons under Employment Insurance
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of covered establishments 1,935 2,107 2,175 2,211 2,308 2,360 2,396
No. of InsuredPersons 11,931 12,363 12,655 12,959 13,432 13,864 14,112

Note :The numbers are year-end/month-end figures.
Source : Ministry of Employment and Labor(www.moel.go.kr)

(2) Number of Recipients of Unemployment Benefit and Amount Paid


(in thousand persons, in One hundred million won, %)

Number of Recipients of Unemployment Benefit and Amount Paid
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
No. of new applicants 974 955 958 944 1,067 1,148 1,372
No. of recipients 1,251 1,271 1,278 1,272 1,391 1,526 1,783
Amount of benefits paid 41,525 45,441 48,921 52,394 66,847 83,820 121,769

Source : Ministry of Employment and Labor(www.moel.go.kr)

5. Industrial Accident

(in person, %)

Industrial Accident
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
No. of employees (in thousand) 15,449 17,062 17,969 18,432 18,560 19,073 18,725
No. of the injured 91,824 90,909 90,129 90,656 89,848 102,305 109,242
No. of deaths 1,929 1,850 1,810 1,777 1,957 2,142 2,020
Accident rate(%) 0.59 0.53 0.50 0.49 0.48 0.54 0.58
No. of deaths per 10,000 people 1.25 1.08 1.01 0.96 1.05 1.12 1.08

Source : Ministry of Employment and Labor(www.moel.go.kr)

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