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The characteristics of population aging and the employment of aged workers in Seoul, Korea

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  • The characteristics of population aging and the employment of aged workers in Seoul, Korea
  • Park, Sam Ock; Jin, Jong Heon; Koo, Yangmi
  • Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)


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Title The characteristics of population aging and the employment of aged workers in Seoul, Korea
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Author(English)

Park, Sam Ock; Jin, Jong Heon; Koo, Yangmi

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2012
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Social Sciences Review (KSSR):vol. 2(no. 1)
Pages 40
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Population
Social Development < Employment
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This study examines the characteristics of population aging and the employment of aged workers in Seoul. Population indexes such as those on aged/children ratio and longevity degree are analyzed to identify the time-spatial changes and differentiation of population aging by gu (district). Employers, job seekers and employees related to the aged workers are also analyzed using data from the Center of Job Placement for the Aged in Seoul. The results indicate that population aging has progressed faster in Seoul than other regions in recent years. In addition, regional differences in tendency of population aging are obvious even within Seoul. The percentage of unskilled laborers is much higher in Seoul compared with other regions. There is also geographical differentiation in the employment of aged workers among regions within Seoul. Employment opportunities for the aged are relatively abundant in core economic areas of Seoul, while they are much scarcer in outer residential areas. This shows a geographical mismatch between employers and job seekers, which means that it is difficult for aged workers to secure jobs near their places of residence. Accordingly, governmental support and intervention is needed to address the lower level of mobility of aged workers.