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Next year a tough one for jobseekers

MIGRANT workers and university graduates are expected to face a tougher job market in Shanghai next year, despite the recovering economy after the economic downturn.

Lay-offs have eased in local firms this year, human-resource officials told the Shanghai committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference yesterday.

But migrant workers' employment will become a problem with the end of many construction projects before the World Expo next year, said Ying Hongqing, deputy director of the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

The city will also have 168,000 college graduates next year, 10,000 more than this year. The education authorities said it may be even harder for them to find jobs because many state-owned enterprises hired more employees than required this year.

Lay-offs are also expected to affect companies serving or related to the Expo when the event is over.

There were about 275,400 people registered unemployed in the city last month. The city created 595,600 posts in the past 11 month, more than the planned 500,000, Ying said.

Major lay-offs also ceased after a series of government measures.


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