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Big companies trim about 12,000 jobs on coronavirus

08:40 July 29, 2020

SEOUL, July 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's large businesses have cut nearly 12,000 jobs in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, a corporate tracker said Wednesday.

According to data from CEO Score, the number of subscribers to the country's state pension fund at 498 large corporations fell by 11,880 between February and June.

The decline contrasts with an increase of 3,747 subscribers during the same period a year earlier.

CEO Score said the coronavirus outbreak was responsible. The full-fledged spread of COVID-19 in South Korea began in February after the country confirmed its first case on Jan. 20.

The logo of top movie theater operator CJ CGV (Yonhap)

Companies engaging in 15 out of the total 22 industrial sectors reported drops in national pension subscribers.

Hit hard were companies in such sectors as food and drinks, daily necessities and services, while oil refiners and chemical firms hired more than 1,000 employees over the cited period.

The corporate tracker said the combined payroll by refiners and chemicals makers rose as some announced investment plans, despite their worst first-half earnings.

Top movie theater operator CJ CGV reported the biggest drop of 2,508 workers, followed by Lotte Shopping Co., the operator of South Korea's biggest department store chain, with 1,601.

E-commerce giant Coupang was the biggest gainer with 3,521 additions, trailed by Hanwha Solutions Corp. with 3,130. Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. also added 1,150 jobs during the period.
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