Official Response to Internet Winter: 1percent Economic Growth Drives 2 million Employment

 Official Response to Internet Winter: 1percent Economic Growth Drives 2 million Employment

Since the end of 2018, the voice of layoffs and downsizing of Internet companies has been increasing, and even some large Internet companies have been rumored to have frozen social recruitment.

In response to this problem, at a press conference held by the National Development and Reform Commission on January 22, the media asked: Recently, there has been a voice of layoffs in the Internet industry. What is the current situation of Chinas employment market? What are the next steps to ensure employment?

In response, Meng Wei, a spokesman for the National Development and Reform Commission, said that we have also noticed that since the second half of last year, there have been some news about layoffs in the Internet industry. In recent years, we have conducted research in various ways, including to the relevant enterprises for discussion, and related industries for discussion and research. From what we know, the recruitment and employment of Internet enterprises are relatively stable, and there is no large-scale layoffs.

Just now, the employment data have been introduced. From the employment situation, the employment situation in the whole country has remained stable, but it is also facing some new changes. It can be said that there are both stability and change. In terms of stability, in 2018, the number of new jobs in cities and towns reached 13.61 million, a new record high. For the sixth consecutive year, more than 13 million new jobs were created in cities and towns, and the unemployment rate in urban surveys remained at a relatively low level. The overall job supply is larger than the number of job seekers. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Affairs on the supply and demand of 100 Urban Public Employment Service institutions, the rate of seeking employment has remained above 1 in 2018 and 1.27 in the fourth quarter. From the aspect of change, the current external environment is complex and severe, the economic operation is stable, changing and worrying, facing downward pressure, which will also be transmitted to the employment field to a certain extent. In addition, the supply of new labor force has been maintained at a high level. For example, the number of college graduates has reached 8.34 million this year, an increase of 140,000 over the previous year, and a record high. It can be said that the pressure of total employment has not decreased.

While seeing the stability and change of the employment market, we should also see the potential of the employment market in China. Chinas economic development has enough resilience, especially to promote the formation of a strong domestic market and new momentum to accelerate growth, which will create huge diversified demand and stimulate more jobs. We have the ability, conditions and confidence to properly deal with all kinds of risks and consolidate the overall stability of the employment situation.

Meng Wei said that next step, we will work with relevant departments to further implement the spirit of the Central Economic Work Conference, adhere to the implementation of the employment priority policy, and play a set of combined boxing. One is to promote employment with steady growth. At present, every percentage point of economic growth will stimulate nearly 2 million people to find jobs. We will focus on innovation and improvement of macro-control, maintain sustained and healthy economic development, and provide solid support for stabilizing and promoting employment. The second is to promote employment through entrepreneurship. We will implement the strategy of innovation-driven development, increase policy support in taxation, financing and land use, actively develop business incubation bases, organize activities such as Double Creation Week and encourage more workers to achieve employment through innovation and entrepreneurship. Third, we should focus on promoting employment. Strengthen vocational skills training and employment and entrepreneurship services, and do a good job of employment assistance, focusing on solving the employment of College graduates, migrant workers, veterans and other groups. Fourth, improve quality to promote employment. By supervising according to law, we can guide market participants to provide more stable jobs, more long-term labor contracts, more perfect social security, more reasonable salary growth mechanism, and so on, so as to promote the continuous improvement of employment quality.

Source: Responsible Editor of Economic Report in the 21st Century: Zhang Xianchao_NN9310