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Campaign has seen about 10 million positions offered through 18,000 fairs

By CHENG SI in Beijing and LIU KUN in Wuhan | China Daily | Updated: 2024-02-21 09:14

A job fair providing posts in the manufacturing and service industries is held in Hefei, Anhui province, on Jan 26, 2024. [Photo/Xinhua]

Governments at all levels have channeled continuous efforts and resources to help migrant workers and the countryside labor force land jobs, aiming to stabilize the job market, heighten employers' confidence and improve people's livelihoods.

The campaign was in full swing during the just ended Spring Festival holiday — an eight-day break celebrating the Chinese New Year from Feb 10.

In January, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, together with eight other central departments, launched a three-month campaign offering 30 million jobs to migrant workers and people in the rural labor force.

Suqian, a city in Jiangsu province, organized a job fair from Feb 11 to Feb 13 that attracted 150 companies offering 22,600 jobs, including positions for quality inspectors and office clerks. Over 21,000 job seekers attended the fair, with about 4,900 people getting preliminary job offers.

Xie Qinqin, a 37-year-old from Xiangyang, Hubei province, has just accepted a new job as a security guard at the city's Luhua Peanut Oil Co.

She said she wanted to work in her hometown after working in Fuzhou, Fujian province, for roughly 20 years. She will start work at the company on Sunday.

Wang Qiyang, Party secretary of Xiangyang, said the city will use the campaign as an opportunity to help reduce employers' burdens and create more job opportunities.

Xiao Zhen, deputy head of the Guizhou Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security, told Xinhua News Agency that the province plans to offer 141 chartered trains and buses to transfer 35,000 migrant workers to locations outside the province from mid-February to early March.

By Saturday, the last day of the holiday, there had been 18,000 job fairs serving migrant workers organized nationwide, offering about 10 million job openings.

Around 100,000 migrant workers had been transferred to workplaces by chartered buses, trains or planes, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

The ministry said that in addition to giving migrant workers and rural job seekers access to more job opportunities, the campaign also includes policy and financial support to migrant workers and young people from the countryside to help them start their own businesses.

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