Despite the spread of COVID-19, the number of employed people in August increased by more than 510,000 from a year ago.

According to the 'August Employment Trend' released by the National Statistical Office, the number of employed people last month stood at 27.6 million, an increase of 518,000 from a year ago.

The increase in the number of employed people remained at the 500,000 level for three months in a row, following 582,000 in June and 542,000 in July.

The employment rate for those aged 15 and over was 61.2%, up 0.8 percentage points from the same month of the previous year.

The number of unemployed was 744,000, down 120,000 from a year ago, and the unemployment rate fell 0.5 percentage points to 2.6%.