SEJONG, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's jobless rate rose in January from a year earlier, government data showed Wednesday, despite ongoing efforts to create more jobs.
The unemployment rate stood at 4.5 percent last month, up 0.8 percentage point from a year earlier, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.
The South Korean economy added 19,000 jobs from a year earlier.
Hong Nam-ki, the minister of economy and finance, said earlier this month that he expected weak employment data in January due mainly to a high base effect.
In January 2018, employers added 334,000 jobs compared with the same month in 2017.