South Korea to Increase Minimum Wage in 2017

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By Sean Na

July 18—The hourly minimum wage in South Korea is to increase to 6,470 won ($5.69) from 6,030 won ($5.30) on Jan. 1, 2017, the chairman of the South Korean Minimum Wage Council said July 16.

The new rate is expected to be formally announced Aug. 5 by the Ministry of Employment and Labor, which oversees the Minimum Wage Council.

The increase is expected to affect 3.36 million workers in South Korea, according to the Minimum Wage Council.

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