Graduates Sacrifice Plum Jobs to Live in Beijing

By Huang Ziyi and Li Rongde

(Beijing) — Lei Yue, from the eastern province of Shandong, still believes he made the right job decision last fall, when he chose a state-owned enterprise (SOE) in Beijing over a multinational, also in the capital.

The deciding factor was that the state firm could also guarantee him a sought-after Beijing hukou — a coveted household registration document.

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