State Coun­cil will boost job cre­ation

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The govern­ment will take con­crete mea­sures to boost and ex­pand em­ploy­ment, fo­cus­ing on col­lege grad­u­ates, veter­ans and laid-off and re­lo­cated work­ers, it was de­cided on July 4 at the State Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing, chaired by Premier Li Ke­qiang. “Main­tain­ing steady em­ploy­ment is of pri­mary im­por­tance for China’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and is the fore­most liveli­hood is­sue,” Li said. “With the econ­omy look­ing up in re­cent years, em­ploy­ment has ex­panded steadily. Nev­er­the­less, em­ploy­ment must stay high on the govern­ment’s agenda to see steady cre­ation of new jobs and im­prove­ment in the em­ploy­ment struc­ture.” New ur­ban em­ploy­ment has been run­ning at a high level in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity, 6.13 mil­lion ur­ban jobs were added be­tween Jan­uary and May, an in­crease of 140,000 from a year ear­lier and set­ting a record.

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