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Ghost Towns: No Place To Live If There’s No Work

Government efforts to urbanize China's population by building new towns are failing due to a lack of local jobs; one of the many newly constructed towns, Tieling, remains empty because residents cannot find employment: Urban...

China’s Higher Education Bubble

With millions of college students graduating into China’s “hardest job-hunting season,” Fordham Law School’s Carl Minzner argues at Caixin that the Chinese government needs to re-evaluate its educational...

In Today’s Tight Job Market, Virgos Need Not Apply

While China’s recently graduated—including many of those who enjoyed their higher education abroad—are facing bleak prospects on the job market, the South China Morning Post’s Amy Li looks at an additional layer of...

Second Quarter GDP Slows to 7.5%

Early Monday, Xinhua reported that the GDP for the second quarter had slowed to 7.5%, as many economists had expected: CHINA'S Q2 GDP GROWTH EASES TO 7.5 PCT— Xinhua News Agency (@XHNews) July 15, 2013 Reuters earlier...

Gaokao Quitters Multiply as ‘Sea Turtles’ Flounder

Amid bleak job prospects for many of China’s fresh college graduates, The Economist reports that even an education abroad is no longer the golden ticket it once was: […] Several studies show that sea turtles on average...

Graduates Face “Hardest Job-Hunting Season” Ever

A sputtering economy has left China’s seven million college graduates with bleak job prospects, according to Andrew Jacobs and Sue-Lin Wong of The New York Times: Businesses say they are swamped with job applications but...

China’s Lopsided Labor Force

As China’s college enrollment rate continues to increase, short-term employment prospects for graduates look dim compared with those of their migrant worker counterparts, who dominate high-demand low-skill jobs with rising...

Anxieties and Hopes for China’s Future

There are many causes for anxiety in Chinese society today: a weak job market, a stressful work environment, food safety issues, poisonous air, the list goes on. Tencent News recently produced a video profiling young, urban...

Young Chinese Desperate to Be Civil Servants

A desperate civil service applicant in Nanjing, Mr. Wang, forged many CVs to make his own application stand out, stirring up yet another round of retrospection over China’s coveted civil service recruitment. From...

Chinese College Graduates Play It Safe and Lose Out

At The Wall Street Journal, Bob Davis describes how prestige and security are driving fresh graduates towards jobs in government or state-owned enterprises, rather than private companies or entrepreneurship: Over the past...

China’s Generation Gaps

As income inequality in China grows increasingly urgent, James Palmer examines another divide in Chinese society less frequently scrutinized in the West: the generation gap between young Chinese and their parents, which one...

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