Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, January 21 (Xinhua) - Ning Jixue, director of the National Bureau of Statistics, said that in 2018, 13.61 million people were employed in cities and towns in China, an increase of 100,000 over the previous year, and 123.7% of the annual target was achieved, which remained above 13 million for six consecutive years.
In December, the unemployment rate in the national urban survey was 4.9%, down 0.1 percentage points from the same month last year, Ningjizhao said at a conference held by the State New Office on the same day. The unemployment rate in the national urban survey remained between 4.8% and 5.1% in every month of 2018, achieving the expected target of less than 5.5%.
Data released on the same day showed that in December, the unemployment rate in 31 major cities and towns was 4.7%, down 0.2 percentage points from the same month last year. Among them, the unemployment rate in the national survey of the population aged 25 to 59 is 4.4%, which is the same as last month. At the end of the year, 77,586,000 people were employed nationwide, of which 43,419,000 were employed in cities and towns. The total number of migrant workers in the whole year was 288.36 million, an increase of 1.84 million over the previous year, an increase of 0.6%.
Ningji Zhe said that the unemployment rate data published by the National Bureau of Statistics in urban surveys are consistent with the standards of the International Labour Organization in terms of system and method. The level of unemployment rate in urban surveys in China is lower than the average level in European countries. China has nearly 900 million labor resources, more than 700 million employees, 170 million highly qualified personnel with higher education and vocational education, and more than 8 million university graduates each year. It still has a huge population and a large labor force, and the demographic dividend still exists. In addition, talent dividends are emerging, which provide intellectual support for promoting high-quality development.
Source of this article: Xinhua responsible editor: Yang Yi_NBJ10647