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China Strives to Provide Jobs to 8 Million People This Year

China will pay more attention to the reemployment work by sticking to positive employment policies, as known lately from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

This year the nation would strive to provide jobs to 8 million jobless people and keep the urban registered unemployment rate at around 4.5 percent.

It is predicted that in the coming five years China can only provide no more than 8 million job opportunities in urban area each year, while each year would see over 8 million people need jobs.

This year, the number of laid-off workers is estimated to reach 5.5 million on top of the current 6 million jobless people and 6 million laid-off workers. So the newly created 8 million jobs are far from enough under the increasing employment pressure.

To ease the pressure, officials concerned say the state would implement more active employment policies, mainly including the following aspects.

First, to urge local governments to make job creation their major working target and fully carry out relevant preferential policies.

Second, to urge private and small enterprises to play a bigger role in job creation.

Third, to promote development of tertiary industry and labor-intensive industries and create more jobs in communities.

Fourth, to improve professional training and employment service system.

(People’s Daily February 9, 2002)

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