May 10, 2009

250,000 jobs due from S. Korean government

The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security says the government will offer 250,000 temporary jobs to help stimulate the economy.

The government ministry said those hired for the temporary manual work positions will come from low-income and unemployed households throughout South Korea, the Yonhap News Agency said Sunday.

The new hope labor project will cost the government $1.36 billion and will include positions lasting six months, in employment areas such as repairs and maintenance.

The employment plan from the government comes in the wake of South Korean Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-hyun's May 4 pledge to support the country's unemployed and low-income residents.

We need to strengthen social networks to help those who are out of work and low-income people through extra spending plans, the minister said.

Yoon estimated more than 1 million South Korean residents were unemployed in April, an increase from March's total of 952,000, Yonhap said.