Urban unemployment declined to 4 percent in China by the end of
2007 amid increased government efforts to improve people's
livelihood, the labor ministry said Monday.
Yin Chengji, spokesman with the Ministry of Labor and Social
Security, said that last year a total of 12.04 million Chinese
found jobs in urban areas, a six-year high, representing a
34-percent increase from the government's full-year target.
About 5.15 million of them had previously been laid-off workers
and unemployed residents, said Yin, adding China had helped 99.9
percent of the "zero-employment" families find at least one
Urban unemployment in China was 4.1 percent by the end of
China would keep its urban unemployment under 4.5 percent this
year by employing another 10 million people, he said.
By the end of last year, a total of 201.1 million people, or 15
percent of China's population, were covered by endowment insurance
and 220.5 million covered by medical insurance, he said.
The number of migrant workers covered by work injury insurance
reached 39.7 million, up 14.3 million from a year earlier, while
31.3 million had medical insurance, up 14.3 million.
China currently has 200 million migrant workers in cities and
(Xinhua News Agency January 22, 2008)