Monday, February 02, 2009

Tough New Year for China's Migrant Workers

The traditional migratory labor pattern in China, where Eastern cities are flooded with laborers from Western provinces looking for factory work, is under stress.

The Wal-Street Journal quotes Party official Chen Xiwen as saying that about 20 million migrant workers -- nearly a sixth of the total -- lost their jobs in recent months. That number, the first official estimate, underscores the government's challenge in maintaining employment and avoiding unrest.
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