From 2003 and 2007, a total of 51 million new jobs were created in China's urban areas. The registered urban unemployment rate decreased slightly from 4.3% in 2003 to 4% in 2007, according to Zhang Dongsheng, Secretary of the Department of Employment and Income Distribution of the National Development and Reform Commission, on May 7.
In the joint interview with www.gov.cn, www.xinhuanet.com and www.cctv.com, Mr. Zhang said that along with the continuous enlargement of employment scale, the employment structure has been further optimized. By the end of 2007, the proportion of employed urban population to the total employed population rose from 34.4% in 2003 to 38.1%, reaching 293.5 million. The tertiary industry’s employment ratio also increased.
Over the past five years, China's re-employment work has achieved remarkable progress. A total of 24.8 million laid-off workers were re-employed. At the same time, employment of the transferred rural labor continued to increase and the work of college graduates employment progressed smoothly.
By People's Daily Online