The number of employed people increased by more than 800,000 in April from a year earlier, recording the largest increase in 22 years as of the same month.

However, it was found that a significant portion of the increase in the number of jobs was occupied by direct jobs of the elderly.

According to the 'April Employment Trends' released by the National Statistical Office today (11th), the number of employed people last month was 28,078,000, an increase of 865,000 from a year ago.

As of April, this is the largest increase in 22 years since 2000 (1049,000 people).

The rate of increase was slower than in January (1135,000 people) and February (1037,000 people) of this year, when the number of employed people increased by more than 1 million, but it increased from March (831,000 people).

By age, jobs for the elderly aged 60 and over (424,000 people) increased the most.

Older people accounted for nearly half of all job growth.

By industry, the number of employed people in the health and social welfare service industry (230,000 people) and public administration (91,000 people), which includes direct employment projects that the government has invested in tax, increased noticeably.

As the impact of COVID-19 continues, the number of employed persons in the wholesale and retail industry (-11,000 people) and the lodging/restaurant business (-27,000 people) decreased compared to a year ago.

Gong Mi-sook, director of social statistics at the National Statistical Office, explained, "The increase in employment continued due to brisk exports and the industry's non-face-to-face transition."