South Korea jobless rate holds steady at 3.0% for third straight month in December

South Korea's jobless rate remained steady at 3 percent for a third consecutive month in December amid slower growth in the number of people employed. 

Statistics Korea said the reading has been unchanged since it fell to a 56-month low in October. 

The number of people employed rose over 1 percent to about 24.4 million last month. 

The job data came two days before the Bank of Korea's monthly monetary policy meeting over its benchmark interest rate.