China will recruit and send some 20,000 college graduates to
work in the rural areas this year in a bid to ease employment
pressures and enhance the development of rural areas, according to
a meeting held in Beijing on Thursday.
The graduates will be assigned to work in the education,
medicine, agriculture and poverty-alleviation sectors, according to
Statistics show, 23,520 college graduates went to work in rural
areas last year.
The meeting was held by eight government departments, including
the Ministry of Personnel, the Ministry of Education and the
Ministry of Health.
Earlier report said about 1.24 million Chinese college graduates
would likely not get immediate job offers this year.
China encourages university graduates to work in western, rural
China by guaranteeing salaries, medical care and providing other
Statistics show China is facing a severe employment crisis with
34.5 million people expected to come on to the labor market between
2006 and 2010.
(Xinhua News Agency April 13, 2007)