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China facing huge unemployment pressures- 22%

Posted by Author on September 10, 2010

AFP, Sep. 10, 2010 –

BEIJING — With more than one billion workers in China, the world’s most populous nation is facing a huge unemployment problem as only 780 million labourers are employed, the government said Friday.

The numbers included in China’s “white paper” on the nation’s human resources, released on Friday, suggest that around 22 percent of China’s labour force is without jobs.

“China is facing huge employment pressures at present and for the foreseeable future,” Yi Chengji, spokesman for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, told reporters at the launch of the white paper.

“As China’s urbanisation quickens, employment pressures from the many surplus rural labourers are getting bigger and bigger,” Yi said.

“Currently there are about 100 million surplus rural workers that need to be transferred (to urban jobs).”

The country’s employment situation has long been vague as the government only routinely publishes unemployment statistics on urban workers, excluding rural areas…….(AFP)

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