– Li pledges balanced jobs to college graduates and migrant workers.
– Channels have to be broadened to boost employment for migrant workers and increase their income.
Li pledges balanced jobs to college graduates and migrant workers.
On Friday, Premier Li Keqiang pledged that the government will provide opportunities for balanced employment to college graduates and migrant workers, even though the country is undergoing economic restructuring.
He made the statement while visiting the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security as part of efforts to review the nation’s employment situation.
China Daily reported that Yin Weimin, minister of human resources and social security, said 4.43 million people found jobs in urban areas from January to April, accounting for 44.3 percent of this year’s target set in March.
Yin also said the registered urban unemployment rate was 4.04 percent by the end of March lower than the maximum 4.5 percent annual rate set forth by Premier Li in the Government Work Report in March.
The premier states that the focus of job opportunities must be on key groups – college graduates and migrant workers by helping them with training and other supportive policies.
Li declared that migrant workers are the most vulnerable group during economic restructuring.
He said this to officials during a meeting on job creation at the ministry, “Channels have to be broadened to boost employment for migrant workers and increase their income.”
He stated further, “In this way, their lives can be improved and the new type of urbanization can proceed together with agricultural modernization.”
A record 7.65 million college students and about 5 million vocational school students will graduate this year, so more than 12 million young people will need to find jobs.
Li said many traditional industries have a limited capacity to provide new jobs. “So we have to create more jobs for young people by cultivating new economies, new technologies and new business models, as the national economy restructures,” he said.
“The premier’s visit underscores the importance the central government has attached to employment,” said Zheng Dongliang, director of the ministry’s Work Science Research Institute.
Migrant workers should acquire new skills to work in the service sector or start their own businesses in their hometowns, Zheng said.
He suggested that the government work out more favorable policies to create employment opportunities in small cities or townships, where migrant workers can settle down with affordable housing and education for their children.
Zheng also said universities should provide students with proper training that caters to market demands and should also find more ways to help graduates.