[Anchor Lead]The Presidential Office insists the government’s supplementary budget will be mostly spent on creating jobs for the bottom 40% of income earners. It’s in line with President Moon Jae-in’s promise to tackle unemployment, particularly among disadvantaged groups.[Pkg]The Cheong Wa Dae stressed that the upcoming extra budget will be a timely measure, as the current job shortage and income disparity have caused the earnings of the lowest 20% income bracket to decline steadily for the past year to the point of near disaster.[Soundbite] Jang Ha-sung(Presidential Senior Advisor for Policy Affairs) : "I think it's important for the government to respond in a timely manner through the extra budget for jobs."It was implied that most of the jobs created by the supplementary budget would be concentrated on the lower income class. In addition to 12,000 more public sector employees, including fire fighters and police officers, there will be a significant increase in the number of jobs in childcare, public health, and social services as well as for the elderly. This plan would boost the income of the bottom 40% of all households.[Soundbite] Jang Ha-sung(Presidential Senior Advisor for Policy Affairs) : "Since many households lost income because of unemployment, assistance for that is included."Attempts will be made to persuade the opposition parties by incorporating their overlapping campaign pledges such as increasing wages during maternity leave and expanding state and public childcare centers. President Moon Jae-in showed his firm commitment to job creation on the job committee homepage, saying that every penny of the budget will be invested to create jobs.
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