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China’s job market stable despite economic headwinds

Updated: Jul 24,2015 2:16 PM     Xinhua

China’s job market has remained stable despite prolonged weakness in economic growth, the latest data showed on July 24.

China’s registered unemployment rate in urban areas stood at 4.04 percent at the end of June, edging down from the 4.05 percent seen in March, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) said on July 24.

A total of 7.18 million new jobs were created in urban areas in the first half of the year, ministry spokesman Li Zhong said at a press conference.

“Given the statistics and information, our conclusion is that the job market is generally stable,” Li noted.

Creating enough jobs and keeping the job market steady is one of the major priorities for the Chinese government. It aims to create at least 10 million new jobs in 2015 and keep the urban jobless rate below 4.5 percent.

China’s economic growth held steady at 7 percent in the first half of the year, but authorities have underscored continued downward pressure, though some nascent signs of recovery have started to emerge.

Li said downward pressure on economic growth, together with the country’s ongoing economic restructuring, would create difficulties for the job market.

This year, an estimated 7.5 million college graduates will fight for positions in the toughest job market ever.

“The task of keeping a steady job market remains difficult,” Li said.