For six months in a row, the monthly job figures in South Korea have been worse than they were the previous year.
This is the first time there have been six months of consecutive worsening on-year job figures since the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009.
According to data from Statistics Korea on Wednesday, roughly 27 million people were in employment in August, but that figure is down 274-thousand from the same period last year.
Last month's figures do not reflect the impact of strengthened social distancing measures in the capital and surrounding area.
"The report is comprised of figures surveyed between August 9th and 15th. It does not take into account the recent surge in infections after the mass rally on Independence Day."
And according to some experts, the employment figures are likely to worsen.
"If the resurgence of the coronavirus is reflected in the next month's report, the figures are likely to be even worse. Also, the unemployment numbers would be higher if people who had given up searching for jobs were also counted."
The number of unemployed people was 864-thousand last month, up six-thousand on-year.
The largest job losses were in the wholesale and retail industry, which saw a decrease of 176-thousand jobs last month, or about a 5 percent fall on-year.
Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said on social media on Wednesday that part of the fourth COVID-19 extra budget will be used to help companies keep people in work, boost hiring, strengthen the employment safety net and create some 575-thousand new jobs.
Eum Ji-young, Arirang News.