China Still Has at Least 20 Million Jobless Migrants

At least 20 million migrant workers remain unemployed due to the global financial crisis, a government official has said. Reuters reports:

But Chen Xiwen, director of the Office of the Central Rural Work Leading Group, said China had not witnessed a new wave of migrants returning jobless to the countryside since factories started reopening a month ago after the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.

“According to surveys and statistics by different departments, the finding is similar to what I’ve said before — 20 million, or slightly more,” Chen told a news conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of parliament.

It was Chen on February 2 who made public the estimate of 20 million, or about 15 percent of China’s 130 million migrants who have left the land temporarily in search of work in cities.

March 6, 2009 1:08 PM
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