Seoul - South Korea's unemployment rate fell in September to a seasonally adjusted 2.7 percent, led by new jobs in service industries, state data showed Wednesday.
The latest jobless rate compared with 3.0 percent reported in August and 2.9 percent in September of last year, Statistics Korea said.
The health and social welfare service sector added 172,000 jobs, up 12 percent from a year earlier, while the restaurant industry employed an extra 83,000 people, up 4.3 percent, over the same period.
The total number of employed people also rose by 463,000 to reach 25.46 million in September - the biggest on-year gain for 12 months.
But the jobless rate among those fresh out of college - aged 25 to 29 - was higher at 7.7 percent, compared to 7.6 percent in August and 6.7 percent a year ago.
South Korea's economy - Asia's fourth-largest - is expected to grow 2.8 percent this year after expanding just 2.0 percent in 2012. - Sapa-AFP