State Coun­cil acts to in­crease em­ploy­ment

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The State Coun­cil is­sued mea­sures to stim­u­late em­ploy­ment, in­clud­ing ex­panded tax­a­tion re­duc­tion for com­pa­nies hir­ing peo­ple for more than six months.

The de­ci­sion was made at the coun­cil’s weekly ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing, presided over by Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang.

A news re­lease af­ter the meet­ing said, “Faced with grow­ing pres­sure on em­ploy­ment this year, we have to launch more ac­tive em­ploy­ment poli­cies and give full sup­port to mass en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Bureau of Statis­tics, 3.2 mil­lion new jobs were cre­ated in ur­ban ar­eas in the first three months of the year, a year-on-year decline of 240,000.

The gov­ern­ment promised to help fam­i­lies in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, such as those with all fam­ily mem­bers un­em­ployed or living on sub­sis­tence al­lowances, say­ing that work will be found for at least one per­son in such cases.

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