Wages lag behind rate of economic growth: Finance ministry


Wages in Korea haven’t been growing at the same pace as the economy for the last five years, according to data from the finance ministry. In companies that employ five or more full-time workers, monthly wages grew at an average rate of two-point-four-six percent, while the country’s economy expanded by two-point-eight percent. The chasm deepens over a 15-year frame. While the GDP grew more than four percent from the year 2000 to 2016, real income only grew two-and-a-half percent. Experts say businesses need to distribute their earnings more evenly to ensure wages keep up with inflation.



기획재정부 통계에 따르면 최근 5년 동안 임금 상승속도가 경제성장 속도에 미치지 못한 것으로 나타났습니다. 5인 이상 사업체 정규직 근로자의 월평균 임금은 2.46% 증가하는 동안 경제는 2.8% 성장했습니다. 지난 15년동안 이 같은 격차는 더욱 커졌습니다. 2000-2016년 국내총생산 (GDP) 성장률은 4%이상이었지만 실질임금 증가율은 2.5%에 그쳤습니다. 전문가들은 물가상승에 맞춰 기업들이 수익을 골고루 분배해야 한다고 밝혔습니다.


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