South Korea's Kaesong Industrial Complex North Korean worker number 2011-2018

The Kaesong Industrial Complex was shut down in 2016 and has not been reopened since. That is why the number of employees in 2017 and 2018 are given as zero. In 2015, the number of North Korean workers at Kaesong Industrial Complex amounted to 54,988.
Click here to learn about the production value of Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea in cooperation with South Korea from 2011 to 2018.

Number of North Korean employees working at Kaesong Industrial Complex in cooperation with South Korea from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

August 2019


North Korea, South Korea

Survey time period

2011 to 2018

Supplementary notes

In order to take advantages of South Korea's capital and North Korea's labor force, Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) was established through the mutual agreement on cross-border collaboration by the governments. The production value of KIC was increased from its beginning in 2005 to 2015. Due to the tensions on the Korean peninsula, the operation of KIC was suspended as of February 2016.

Figures have been rounded.

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