While employment was affected by the epidemic during the first several months of the year, it had stabilised amid government efforts to add jobs, said Zhang Jinan in an interview with Xinhua.
The country created around a million urban jobs on a monthly basis recently compared with only 390,000 newly added jobs in February when the epidemic severely hit the country, Zhang noted.In the first half of this year, China added a total of 5.64 million urban jobs, accounting for 63% of the annual target.
The surveyed unemployment rate in urban areas had been trending down from a peak of 6.2% in February to 5.7% in June, Zhang added.
He said the country had rolled out a series of measures, such as cutting social insurance contributions paid by enterprises, to maintain employment stability.
The ministry would continue efforts to ensure jobs for key groups, including college graduates and migrant workers, Zhang said.
According to this year’s government work report, China aimed to add over nine million new urban jobs and keep the surveyed urban unemployment rate at around 6%. — China Daily/ANN
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