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City salaries jump 17 percent

CHINA'S city residents had daily incomes of 112 yuan (US$16.39) each last year, 17 percent up from a year ago, according to latest statistics.

Their annual salaries averaged out at 29,229 yuan, 4,297 yuan more than in 2007, according to the annual report of the National Bureau of Statistics of China published today on its Website.

The salaries, or pretax incomes, grew by 11 percent, with inflation taken into account, the report said.

Nine provinces and cities including Shanghai and Beijing had a higher salary than the nation's average.

Fourteen provinces and cities saw the national growth rate exceeded.

Salaries averaged 34,316 yuan in east China, 25,602 yuan in west China, 25,101 yuan in northeast China and 24,390 yuan in central China, according to the report.

Average salaries in securities, finance and air transport topped all industries, with that in the securities sector the highest at 172,123 yuan, nearly six times the national average.

The lowest three sectors were lumber processing, textiles and agricultural product processing. Salaries in the lumber processing sector were 15,663 yuan, about half the national average.


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