SEOUL -- South Korea added the fewest jobs in five months in June, official data showed Wednesday, making the job tougher for President Moon Jae-in's government which has prioritized job creation in its economic policy.
Statistics Korea said that 268.6 million people were employed in June, up 301,000 from a year ago. But the magnitude of increase was smaller than May's 375,000 and April's 424,000. The unemployment rate among youths aged between 15 and 29 also surged to 10.5% last month, up slightly from 10.3% a year ago. Overall, the unemployment rate inched up to 3.8% in June from 3.6% in May.