China pre­dicts 958 mil­lion work­ing-age pop­u­la­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The num­ber of peo­ple in China of work­ing age is ex­pected to have shrunk slightly to 958 mil­lion by 2030, the Fam­ily Plan­ning As­so­ci­a­tion (FPA) an­nounced.

Wang Pei’an, vice-pres­i­dent of the FPA, said the coun­try had 1.003 bil­lion peo­ple of work­ing age in 2015, which will grad­u­ally de­cline to 958 mil­lion in 2030 and 827 mil­lion in 2050.

“Though China still has a healthy la­bor force at this mo­ment, the de­creas­ing num­ber of women of child­bear­ing age means we should not wait any longer to fully im­ple­ment the twochild pol­icy,” Wang said.

There were 826 mil­lion peo­ple of work­ing age in West­ern de­vel­oped coun­tries in 2015, thus, while boast­ing a huge pop­u­la­tion, China's over­all la­bor pro­duc­tiv­ity is just one eighth that of the de­vel­oped coun­tries, said Wang.

Since Jan 1, all mar­ried couples have been al­lowed to have two chil­dren.

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