CHINA ADDS 7.25 MLN JOBS IN FIRST HALF

16 Jul 2013 07:54

BEIJING, July 16 (Bernama) -- China added 7.25 million jobs in the first half of the year 2013 despite the economic slowdown, an increase of 310,000, from the same period last year.

The job market was viewed as "generally stable" in the first half, said Xinhua news agency which quoted Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, Yin Weimin.

However, the registered urban unemployment rate remained at 4.1 per cent, Yin said.

Last year, China added 12.66 million new jobs and unemployment rate stood at 4.1 per cent.

China's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first half eased to 7.6 per cent, the weakest in three years.

Last year, it's economic growth slowed to a 13-year low of 7.8 per cent.

-- BERNAMA

NSW NSW VMD