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Youth unemployment down 23%

SHANGHAI has cut unemployment among young people by almost 23 percent to 62,000 in two years, officials said yesterday.

The 22.5 percent drop follows a series of initiatives targeting young city residents, including organizing frequent job fairs and direct offers of job opportunities, said officials from the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

These proved effective and will continue this year.

According to the bureau, young people accounted for 26.5 percent of the total unemployed in Shanghai in 2013. This compares to 29.3 percent in 2010.

Shanghai began measures after the number of unemployed young residents — aged between 16 and 35 — hit a record 80,000 in 2012, with a quarter unemployed for more than 12 months.

Currently, the number of young residents unemployed for more than 12 months is down 27.8 percent from 2012.

Many of these rely on their parents or are seeking an ideal job, said officials.

At a job fair targeting young people yesterday, more than 5,000 jobs were on offer from 250 companies in the automobile, real estate, insurance and manufacturing industries.

However, some job seekers said they found the positions on offer less than enticing.

“I’m looking for a steady job but most of the jobs here are sales positions,” said Yang Yi, who graduated in accounting a year ago and only has some internship experience.

Yang said she is determined to find an administrative position. She said she didn’t have a specific salary requirement.

Wang Chenji, 26 and unemployed for six months, is looking for a job with colleagues he gets on well with, as he quit his last job due to poor relationships with his boss and workmates.

“I’ve spent some time relaxing after that bad working experience,” Wang said. “I think it is good for young people to take some time off after working for one or two years. Life has too much pressure.”

The human resources and social security bureau will organize more than 1,000 job fairs this year to help more young people find employment.


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