South Korea Wins East Asian Cup
D-Bo , Aug. 10, 2015, 7:55 a.m.
Statistics Korea on Sunday said 4.06 million people were self-employed as of June this year, down around 96,000 from a year ago. The number has been declining gradually since the mid-2000s, dropping 30,000 to 50,000 a year, but this year the decline was twice as fast.
As of 2013, 42 percent of working Koreans were self-employed, chiefly in transportation, food and hospitality, much more than the OECD average of 15.8 percent. In such a crowded field it stands to reason that the failure rate should be much higher too.
The final ranking puts South Korea in first place followed by China, North Korea and Japan. Although China and North Korea both had four points, China's victory against the North put it ahead.
South Korea now has more East Asian Cup titles than the other competitors, with victories in 2003, 2008 and 2015.
South Korea's manager Uli Stielike, who missed out on winning the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia earlier this year, grabbed his first title at the helm of the team. He said that he is more satisfied with players' impressive performance than the title itself. Stielike's young team featured new players with an average age of 24.3 years, proving their potential to represent the nation.