Many Koreans are opting to farm

With economic growth slowing, the job market weak and the Covid-19 pandemic changing every aspect of daily life, many Koreans are opting to farm. According to Statistics Korea, the number of people employed in agriculture, forestry and fisheries increased by 54,000, or 3.6 percent, to 1,551,000 last month compared to a year ago.

Excluding the health and social welfare services, where employment figures increased by 131,000 due to the spread of Covid-19, agriculture, forestry and fisheries jobs increased the most out of the 16 industries measured.

Agriculture and fisheries jobs also appeared more resilient, with the number of people employed actually increasing while other industries saw numbers plummet in the midst of the worst employment disaster since monthly statistics were first compiled in 1999.


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