SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell for the fourth consecutive week last week amid allegations of unfair hiring at public corporations and growing concerns about the economy, a survey showed Monday.

Moon's rating came to 58.7 percent, down 1.7 percentage points from the previous week, in a Realmeter survey of 2,505 people conducted from Monday to Friday. It marked the fourth straight drop in the weekly survey from 65.3 percent in the fourth week of September.

It was also the first time in six weeks that his rating has fallen below 60 percent.

Realmeter said the downward trend appears to be attributable to suspicions of hiring corruption at Seoul Metro and other public corporations, as well as economic concerns sparked by sharp drops in the stock market.

The ruling Democratic Party also saw its approval rating fall 0.7 percentage point to 42 percent. The rating of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party also dropped 1.3 percentage points to 19.5 percent, the survey showed.

Source: Yonhap News Agency