China's surveyed urban unemployment declined to 5.9 percent in May 2022 from April's 26-month high of 6.1 percent, amid efforts by the government to revive the momentum of economic recovery by easing of COVID-curbs in several key cities. For this year, the government has targeted the jobless rate to stay around 5.5%. In May, the unemployment rate of the population aged 25-59 edged down up to 5.1% from 5.3% in April, while those aged 16-24 inched up to 18.4 percent from 18.2 percent in the previous month. Meantime, the surveyed unemployment rate in 31 large cities and towns increased to 6.9 percent from 6.7 percent. The average weekly working hours of employees in enterprises across the country climbed to 47.2 hours from 46.2 hours in April. Considering the first five months of the year, 5.29 million new jobs were created across China. Beijing has set a target of creating over 11 million new urban jobs for 2022 after adding 12.69 million a year earlier. source: National Bureau of Statistics of China

Unemployment Rate in China averaged 4.64 percent from 2002 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 6.20 percent in February of 2020 and a record low of 3.90 percent in September of 2002. This page provides - China Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. China Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2022.

Unemployment Rate in China is expected to be 5.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the China Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 5.20 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 5.90 6.10 percent May 2022
Wages 106837.00 97379.00 CNY/Year Dec 2021
Wages in Manufacturing 92459.00 82783.00 CNY/Year Dec 2021
Population 1412.60 1412.12 Million Dec 2021

China Unemployment Rate
In China, Urban Surveyed Unemployment Rate is calculated by a sample survey, which refers to the ratio of urban unemployed population to the sum of the employed population and the unemployed population.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.90 6.10 6.20 3.90 2002 - 2022 percent Monthly

News Stream
China Jobless Rate Falls to 5.9% in May
China's surveyed urban unemployment declined to 5.9 percent in May 2022 from April's 26-month high of 6.1 percent, amid efforts by the government to revive the momentum of economic recovery by easing of COVID-curbs in several key cities. For this year, the government has targeted the jobless rate to stay around 5.5%. In May, the unemployment rate of the population aged 25-59 edged down up to 5.1% from 5.3% in April, while those aged 16-24 inched up to 18.4 percent from 18.2 percent in the previous month. Meantime, the surveyed unemployment rate in 31 large cities and towns increased to 6.9 percent from 6.7 percent. The average weekly working hours of employees in enterprises across the country climbed to 47.2 hours from 46.2 hours in April. Considering the first five months of the year, 5.29 million new jobs were created across China. Beijing has set a target of creating over 11 million new urban jobs for 2022 after adding 12.69 million a year earlier.
2022-06-15
China Jobless Rate Highest in Over 2 Years
China's surveyed urban unemployment rose to 6.1 percent in April 2022 from 5.8 percent in the previous month. This was the highest reading since February 2020 and breached the government's target for the jobless rate of 5.5% this year, amid prolonged COVID-19 restrictions following widespread outbreaks in some key cities. The unemployment rate of the population aged 16-24 rose to 18.2 percent in April from 16 percent in the previous month, while those aged 25-59 inched up to 5.3% from 5.2% in March. Meantime, the surveyed unemployment rate in 31 large cities and towns increased to 6.7 percent from 6 percent. The average weekly working hours of employees in enterprises across the country declined to 46.2 hours from 47.3 hours in March. Considering the first four months of the year, 4.06 million new jobs were created across China. Beijing has set a target of creating over 11 million new urban jobs for 2022 after adding 12.69 million a year earlier.
2022-05-16
China Jobless Rate Highest in 22 Months
China's surveyed urban unemployment increased to 5.8 percent in March 2022 from 5.5 percent in the previous month. The latest figure marked the highest jobless rate since May 2020, amid re-imposing COVID-19 restrictions following widespread outbreaks and higher than the government's target for this year of 5.5%. The unemployment rate of the population aged 16-24 rose to 16 percent in March from 15.3 percent in the previous month. Meantime, the surveyed unemployment rate in 31 large cities and towns went up to 6 percent from 5.4 percent. The average weekly working hours of employees in enterprises across the country edged up to 47.3 hours from 46.7 hours in February. In the first quarter of the year, 2.85 million new jobs were created across China. Beijing has set a target of creating over 11 million new urban jobs for 2022 after adding 12.69 million a year earlier.
2022-04-18