Tue, February 21, 2012
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Hu Jintao stresses employment

2012-02-21 09:18:00 GMT2012-02-21 17:18:00(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- More effort needs to be put into bolstering China's job market, President Hu Jintao has said.

Hu, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks Monday at the 32nd group study of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

Increasing employment is key to guarantying and improving people's well-being and should be prioritized in China's economic and social development, said Hu.

A series of policies and measures have been carried out to expand employment, and the jobs market has remain generally stable, Hu said.

But the president noted the situation is "severe" and will remain so for the next four years, as China works to accommodate an oversized labor pool with inadequate skills.

Hu called for economic and social development strategies to increase employment, and for full play to be given to the roles of government investment and major projects in driving job opportunities.

China supports laborers and the self-employed through various channels and policies, while pushing forward financial and social assistance to the unemployed, said Hu.

Career services for college graduates should be enhanced and employment systems should be well handled for migrant workers, demobilized servicemen, ethnic minorities and the handicapped, he added.

The President also urged CPC committees and governments at all levels to implement fiscal policies that help promote employment.

All relevant departments or administrations should coordinate with each other to ensure good performance in this area, said Hu.

Mo Rong, a researcher from the Labor Science Research Institute under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and Cai Fang, director of the Institute of Population and Labor Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, delivered speeches on the employment issue during the study session.

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