Minister of Employment “Concentrating on job recovery this year… 830,000 direct jobs in the first quarter”

Minister of Employment and Labor Lee Jae-gap said on the 27th that in response to the employment crisis this year following the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), “I will quickly provide 80% of direct jobs in the first quarter when the employment shock is the greatest.”

Minister Lee presided over this year’s first’Employment Crisis Response Group’ meeting at the Economic, Social and Labor Committee in Jongno-gu, Seoul, attended by 14 ministries including the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and said, “We will focus all our capabilities to secure the momentum of job recovery this year.” Said like this.

According to the National Statistical Office, the number of employed people last year decreased from the same month last year for 10 consecutive months since March, when Corona 19 began to spread in earnest, on an annual basis, down by 218,000.

This is the largest decline in 22 years since 1998, a phase of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) currency crisis. In particular, according to the third corona19 epidemic that began in November of last year, the number of employed in December decreased by 628,000 from the same month of the previous year, recording the largest decline throughout the year. Lee said, “The number of employed decreases after 1 to 1.5 months of increase in confirmed cases. Considering the patterns so far, the employment shock in December was expected to some extent, but for the people who are suffering from daily life, I feel very regrettable as the minister of job affairs.”

He diagnosed, “Moreover, considering the post-economic nature of employment and the underlying effect of the favorable employment situation early last year, in addition to the uncertainties such as the re-proliferation of Corona 19, the future employment conditions are never soft.”

In addition, he emphasized, “The government will block the decline in employment since last year by smoothly implementing the employment stabilization measures prepared by ministries in December last year in response to the third spread of Corona 19.”

It is a plan to provide a living security fund for the underprivileged, such as small business owners, specially hired workers (special experts), freelancers, and caring workers, who are struggling with reinforced social distancing, before the New Year’s Day, and complete new applicants by March at the latest. .

In particular, they pledged to implement the direct jobs project, which is funded by the government, early.

Minister Lee said, “Corona 19 is more severe for vulnerable groups in our society, such as the low-income group, the elderly, and the disabled,” and said, “The government will make sure that the public sector can support the vulnerable.”

This year’s direct job target: 80% (83 million) of 1042,000 employees and 44% (28,000) of 63,000 social service jobs were hired in the first quarter to protect the underprivileged as well as to quickly recover from employment shock. It is a goal to do.

In fact, as of the 15th, 542,000 direct jobs and 18,000 social service jobs have been hired, respectively, achieving the annual targets of 52.1% and 17.0%.

However, there are criticisms that these jobs are not fundamental measures, but are limited to short-term jobs such as public work, so that only large amounts of finances are put in, and it is difficult to achieve effectiveness.

On that day, Minister Lee also promised to prepare youth employment measures, which saw the most decline in the employment rate for all age groups last year.

He said, “The government will closely examine the current youth employment situation and check the progress of youth employment measures in each ministry.” He said, “We will continue to discover various ways to resolve the youth employment shock and keep pace with the implementation situation.” did.

He said, “It is a difficult time, but the government will do its best to quickly evolve the job shock and restore daily life,” he said. “Labor and management also make concessions to protect existing jobs and work harder to create new jobs.”


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