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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...

Migrant Workers’ Pay Growth Slows

The number of migrant workers in China reached 262.6 million in 2012, with 163.4 million working away from home for at least six months. These figures come from a new survey by the National Bureau of Statistics, which also...

China Manufacturers Move to Asian Neighbors

As workers’ wages in China increase, manufacturers are turning to countries like Vietnam for lower production costs, according to Kathy Chu at the Wall Street Journal: At Crocs, 65% of its colorful shoes are expected to be...

Urban Wages See Double-Digit Growth in 2011

The National Bureau of Statistics announced Tuesday that average wages for urban Chinese workers in both the private and non-private sectors rose by double digits in 2011, according to The China Daily: The data was based on a...

How to Beat Back the China Bears

At China Real Time Report, Tom Orlik arms “panda-loving” readers for battle against gloomy forecasters of bursting investment bubbles, real estate collapse, shadow banking catastrophe, dwindling workforces and...

China’s Changing Migration Patterns

This week’s Economist includes a map of interprovincial migration in China between 1990 and 2005. Central China—particularly Henan, Hunan, Anhui and Sichuan—saw millions leave for the coastal regions, with Zhejiang,...

Chinese Labor, Cheap No More

 As Xi Jinping’s U.S. Visit came to an end, concerns remained over various issues in the bilateral relationship, such as the lack of enforcement of property rights. And China’s cheap labor, a mainstay of the U.S....

Strikes & Protests Surge in China

The Los Angeles Times’ Barbara Demick examines the continuing rise of “mass incidents” as a means to address specific grievances such as pollution and land seizures. These demonstrators have a narrow agenda and...

China's New Competitors

The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Sternberg examines the erosion of China’s manufacturing supremacy due to rising transport and labour costs, and possible consequences of this shift: … [The] warning to Beijing...

The End of Cheap, as Chinese Labour Dries Up

The Financial Times’ beyondbrics blog suggests that rising wages in China could spell the end of the cheap, plentiful manufactured goods to which Western consumers (or overconsumers) have become accustomed. $11 for a pair...

Foxconn to Raise Wages Again at China Plant

Foxconn, the manufacturing giant which was the scene of 12 worker suicides this year, has announced it will raise worker wages by two-thirds. From Reuters: News agency Xinhua quoted company spokesman Liu Kun as saying the...

Is Cheap Labour Drying Up?

Long the life-blood of China’s economy, it seems cheap labour is becoming increasingly hard to come by. Following an article written earlier last month by Duncan Innes-Ker of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Hong Kong-based...

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