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Li Keqiang on the Bottom Line of No Large-Scale Unemployment

On May 13, 2019, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired and spoke at a recent national conference on entrepreneurship and jobs where he demanded that cadres at all levels make job creation their top priority.

Li said that, “the situation is complicated and grim” in the job market and that priority should be given to fresh graduates, demobilized military personnel and migrant workers.

To address this “complicated and grim situation,” Li said it’s the responsibility of regional governments, for they “must not break the bottom line of no large-scale unemployment.”

For migrant workers, Li asked regional authorities to take charge of their own unemployment issues. For provinces where large numbers of migrant workers tend to come to work, Li said that local authorities must do all they can to keep unemployed people in their region and to prevent migrant workers from returning to their hometowns en masse.

Meanwhile, Li said, authorities in provinces where most people leave to find work elsewhere, usually poor provinces where residents leave for work in the big cities, must assist those who have returned to their hometowns in securing jobs or starting their own businesses locally,

Source: Xinhua, May 13, 2019