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Births Dwindle to Record Low in February
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Births Dwindle to Record Low in February

The number of childbirths in February hit an all-time monthly low for the month.

Statistics Korea said Wednesday that only 30,600 babies were born in the second month of the year, down an alarming 12.3 percent from February 2016, when the figure was already the lowest February figure on record until then.

The combined number of childbirths in January and February was also a record low at 65,600, down 11.8 percent or 8,800 on-year and the first time that the number dropped below 70,000.

Idol Marriages: Fine Line Between Admiration and Obsession
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Idol Marriages: Fine Line Between Admiration and Obsession

Wedding bells are ringing more vivaciously than never before in the K-Pop sphere. The term marriage has reached its prime in the Korean media, almost becoming a norm. In April alone, we’ve witnessed the announcement of at least three marriages – Gary’s, Yoochun’s and Eric’s to actress Na Hyemi, which have stirred a roar of tidal waves amongst netizens and fans. But whether they’re taking the news well begs another question.

Young Jobseekers Suffer Long Adolescence as Chances Dwindle
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Young Jobseekers Suffer Long Adolescence as Chances Dwindle

Young jobseekers are growing more anxious as the job market becomes tougher, and puberty struggles often continue into their 20s as their chances to take responsibility for themselves dwindle.

According to Statistics Korea, the age when people first enter the workforce has risen from 22.5 in 2004 to 23.6, and the proportion of university graduates who find jobs has declined to 64.4 percent.

In other words, more than one-third of graduates do not immediately find a job and flounder on, largely dependent on their parents.

New Births Keep Declining
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New Births Keep Declining

The number of newborns fell 12.3 percent on-year to yet another record low in the first quarter.

Some 98,800 babies were born in the first three months of the year, compared to 112,600 a year earlier, according to Statistics Korea on Wednesday. This was the first time fewer than 100,000 babies were born for two quarters running.

The biggest decline was in March, down 13.1 percent from a year earlier.

The main reasons were fewer marriages and more divorces. Only 68,700 couples married in the first quarter, down 3.6 percent from a year earlier, while 26,500 couples divorced, up 4.7 percent.