SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of so-called ‘NEETs,’ or young stay-at-home South Koreans who have been jobless for more than three years, has surpassed the 100,000 people milestone.
Statistics Korea showed that, as of May of this year, there were 278,000 young South Koreans who have been jobless for more than three years.
Among them, 96,000 people were kept idle at home, up by 35.8 percent since last year (71,000 people).
Sorted by gender, 62,000 NEETs were men, rising by around 15,000 people since last year (47,000 people), while 35,000 were women, an increase of around 11,000 people since last year (24,000 people).
Sorted by age, 61,000 people or 63.5 percent were in their late 20s (25 to 29 years old). Sorted by education, high school graduates accounted for 77.5 percent (75,000 people).
An increasing number of young people refusing to join the workforce results in an equivalent opportunity cost in the South Korean economy, lowering the potential for economic growth due to a lack of labor supply.
The Korea Economic Research Institute claimed that, as of 2017, the opportunity cost generated by the increasing number of NEETs between 15 and 29 years of age has reached 49.4 trillion won (US$42.1 billion) each year.
H. M. Kang (firstname.lastname@example.org)