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Job numbers 'better than expected'

CHINA has created 7.57 million new jobs in the first eight months of this year in a bid to guarantee employment amid the global economic downturn, a senior legislator said yesterday.

The number accounted for 84 percent of the full-year target in 2009, and the employment situation was better than expected, said Huang Zhendong, chairman of the Committee for Internal and Judicial Affairs under the National People's Congress.

Huang made the remarks in Beijing at a session of the NPC Standing Committee.

About 3.57 million laid-off workers were re-employed in the first eight months - 71 percent of the whole year's target of 5 million, Huang said.

Most of the migrant workers who had returned home after being laid off had found new work. Some even started their own businesses in their hometowns, Huang said.


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