Top Communist Party of China (CPC) officials on Monday pledged to expand the construction of low-income housing and to provide more support to a job market facing pressures from a continuing slowdown, amid growing public concerns about widening social inequality in the country.
As the Party prepares for leadership change, how it grapples with surging real estate prices, shutting out an increasing number of Chinese from buying homes; and how it will ensure employment for the millions of graduates and migrant workers flooding cities every year, are among its most pressing challenges, say officials and scholars.
Jiang Weixin, who heads the Ministry of Housing and Urban-rural Development, told reporters on Monday at a briefing along the sidelines of the 18th National Congress, which will conclude on Wednesday, that the government plans to build at least five million units of homes next year, following the construction of more than seven million units this past year.
Mr. Jiang acknowledged the problems affecting the provision of housing, starting with widespread complaints about a lack of transparency in the allocation of low-income homes. China plans to build 36 million units under the correct Five-Year Plan (2011-15). In the first year of the plan, the government built 10 million units at a cost of around $ 200 billion…
“The China’s income gap becomes an increasingly serious problem at the present stage” write Lei SUN and Ying-jun SUN in Analysis on China’s Income Distribution at the Present Stage. (Chosen excepts by JMM to follow) It appears not only between the urban and rural residents, but also among different fields, different areas and so on. The … Continue reading »
The factories that have powered China’s economic miracle are reeling from the global slowdown, presenting the incoming leadership in Beijing with a restless workforce at a defining moment in the country’s growth story. In the sprawling Foxconn factory in the industrial hub of Shenzen, where 500,000 people churn out electronics for Apple and others, the … Continue reading »
Unemployment is arguably the most important, but least well measured, factor in China’s economy. Low unemployment and rising wages signal economic health, making it less likely that the government will rush to pump up growth. The reverse – mass layoffs and stagnant income – have China’s decision makers lunging for the stimulus button. The official … Continue reading »
Cao Bin’s dream job in China’s officialdom befits anything but the popular image of a tea-drinking bureaucrat reading newspapers in an air-conditioned office, or dozing off at long meetings. Instead, the postgraduate at China Foreign Affairs University has applied for a position with the China Earthquake Administration. If successful, the job will catapult him into … Continue reading »
More than half of college students who will graduate next year are willing to accept a monthly salary of less than 4,000 yuan ($638), according to a survey released on Saturday. The survey, conducted by renren.com, a popular social networking website which launched its job-search service for graduates in July, ran from Aug 21 to … Continue reading »
Nearly two million candidates will compete for over 20,000 civil service jobs this year in China, said a state-run daily which lauded the move for applicants to have at least two years’ experience working at the grassroots level. Applications for the annual National Civil Service Exam (NCSE) opened Monday. An editorial in the Global Times … Continue reading »
Human resource analysts have called for greater efforts on the part of the government to create new jobs, as the country’s economic slowdown has created a grave employment situation, a major newspaper reported Tuesday. The overseas edition of the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), cited experts as saying … Continue reading »
China – Half of this year’s record high 6.8 million new college graduates are still struggling to find jobs
Hang Peng, Beijing, said, “This bachelor degree certificate used to be a magic key for Chinese grads to a high-paid job. But now, for many of them here, its really little more than permission to rent a bed in a job-seekers’ dormitory. This is a three-room apartment. But it’s been transformed into a crowded dorm … Continue reading »
Migrant workers who look for jobs in cities in China are now leaving the cities and going back to their home towns as jobs losses mount amid economic slowdown. This wave of migrant workers leaving cities emerges for the first time since the financial crisis 2008/09. A lot of migrant workers who were originally living … Continue reading »
The idea that the so-called “demographic dividend” is coming to an end for China is not a new one. Yet not many people are sufficiently aware of the consequence of ageing (and shrinking) population. Population ageing poses a headwind to asset prices, real estate in particular. Population ageing is somewhat associated with lower inflation (if … Continue reading »
Wages are still climbing rapidly in China and many companies are having trouble filling jobs despite the sharp economic slowdown here—evidence of a structural shortage in the labor market that may help China adjust to slower growth without political instability and whet consumer appetites for foreign goods. Reflecting the tight labor market, wage income for … Continue reading»
China’s job market has started to show signs of stress, putting pressure on the government to intensify fiscal spending to prevent the economy from weakening further. Like politicians the world over, Chinese leaders’ biggest single economic worry is whether unemployment is under control, and analysts say the job outlook will help determine whether they launch … Continue reading »
Individuals from China and India make up one-fourth of total international students in the OECD region, a grouping of mostly developed nations. These students are also an important source of future labour migration, Paris-based think tank OECD said today. “The share of migrants from Asia among immigrants to OECD countries rose from 27 per cent … Continue reading »
A slowdown in China’s economy has not caused employment woes, officials have claimed, but they also warned of challenges as the country’s small companies are confronting growing difficulties. The country’s urban registered unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent in the first three months of 2012, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Ministry of … Continue reading »
Chinese conglomerates, on a mission to expand their global footprint and avoid “anti-dumping” tariffs, are shifting more of their production to America. In the United States, cash-strapped states desperate for revenue and jobs, are rolling out the welcome mat for foreign companies that can guarantee both. More Chinese manufacturers have been launching their own U.S. … Continue reading »