SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will unveil action plans soon aimed at supporting the government push to raise the country's overall employment rate to 70 percent, a senior finance ministry official said Friday.
The Park Geun-hye government has been pushing to boost job creation and raise the country's employment rate to 70 percent over the next five years by providing high-quality work opportunities, including part-time jobs. The employment rate stood at 60.5 percent in June.
"Job creation is our top priority and everything from policymaking to policy assessment should be approached from the prospective of job creation," Vice Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho told a meeting with other officials to discuss labor market issues.
He said that detailed action plans for the creation of works, including high-quality hourly or part-time jobs, will be mapped out as quickly as possible. Tax- and budget-related support plans for such efforts will also be unveiled "sooner or later," he added.
The meeting to discuss labor market issues, meanwhile, will be held every two weeks starting in August in order to better coordinate and draw up job-creating measures among government ministries and agencies.