SEOUL, March 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of people in their 30s who were newly employed in the public sector fell in 2016 from the previous year, government data showed Monday, despite the government and state-run companies lifting the age limit for new recruits.
The figure fell 13.8 percent to 63,000 in 2016 from 73,000 in 2015, according to the data by Statistics Korea.
The portion of those in their 30s out of the total number of new employees dropped to 19.4 percent from 22.9 percent during the same time span.
The comparable figure for those in their 40s shrank 13.2 percent to 44,000 from 50,000 and figures for those in their 50s dropped 6.8 percent to 33,000 from 36,000.
The number of those in their 20s who were newly employed in the public sector, meanwhile, rose 15.0 percent to 133,000 last year from 116,000 the previous year.
The figure for those in their 60s rose a sharp 18.6 percent to 52,000 from 44,000.
Those in their 20s accounted for 40.9 percent of total new employees in the public sector in 2016, up from 36.3 percent the previous year.
People in their 60s represented 16.0 percent of the total of newly hired workers in the cited year, up from 13.8 percent the previous year.
“The statistics does not provide any clue to why the new employment of those in their 20s rose,” a Statistics Korea official said.