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China Has a Surplus of Delivery Workers as Unemployment Rises and Earnings Decline

In China, a growing number of workers are resorting to the food delivery industry for employment as they struggle to secure jobs elsewhere. However, the industry is facing increasing competition as the surplus of delivery workers makes it difficult for individuals to secure enough orders to earn a decent income. Despite recruitment efforts by platforms such as Meituan, there are now more delivery workers than there is demand for their services. As a result, workers are facing intense competition and low earnings, with many struggling to make ends meet. The challenging working conditions were highlighted in a recent Chinese media report that described the cramped living quarters and difficult financial situation faced by many delivery workers. While food delivery work has been a lifeline for struggling workers, the long-term sustainability of the industry as a source of employment is now being questioned.

Source: World Journal (Taiwan), April 14, 2023