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Employment is among key policies, premier says

By Cheng Si | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-03-15 12:48
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets the press after the conclusion of the second session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 15, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

The employment-first policy has been included as one of the nation's three macro-policies, together with the fiscal and monetary ones, for the first time this year, to better secure employment, Premier Li Keqiang said a news conference on Friday.

He said that employment will always experience great pressure in the process of the nation's modernization.

"Every year, we see about 15 million people entering the job market, and that growth won't slow down in the near future," he said. "It's projected that 11 million urban jobs will be created this year, but in actual fact, the number will go beyond 13 million."

Li stressed that employment creates income, thus, social wealth. Also, keeping economic growth within a reasonable range that the country has set, means that waves of job losses are not allowed to emerge.

The government will take stronger moves to secure employment of some key groups including college graduates, retired military personnel, laid-off workers and migrant workers.

"Especially the migrant worker, who is in a population of over 280 million and still sees an annual growth of millions of new entrances," he said.

Li stressed that employers are encouraged to show kindness to migrant workers and the legislative bodies shall step up to issue regulations to secure migrant workers are paid in full and in time.

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