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South Korea—Country Workforce Profile

compiled by Jungui Lee, with Min-A Jung

October 2008—The Statistical Country Profile for South Korea presents a historical overview of the South Korean economy, along with a comprehensive examination of the current system.

In 1948, following the end of World War II, South Korea was established as a nation independent from North Korea. Since the split, and the subsequent Korean War, South Korea has experienced strong economic growth, excepting the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, and has emerged as a world economic power.

In 1996, South Korea joined the OECD and is now a leader in many key information related industries, including the manufacturing of electronics and the development of biotechnology and chemicals. This profile offers a comparison between the demographics of the South Korean workforce and other OECD nations. This profile was prepared by the Sloan Center of Aging and Work Global Perspectives Institute to aid and inform those groups seeking to construct valuable economic relationships with South Korea.

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