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By Charlotte Yang / Dec 05, 2018 04:03 PM / Politics & Law

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

It’s a tough job market out there for China’s recent grads.

Approximately 8.34 million students graduated from higher-education institutions this fall — a record number that exceeds last year’s count by 140,000, according to the Ministry of Education.

And as China faces sluggish economic growth and headwinds from external trade frictions, this winter employment season will be particularly hard. China’s vice minister of education, Lin Huiqing, called the situation facing new grads “complicated and severe.”

Thus, China’s State Council announced 15 new measures Wednesday to help boost employment.

Those include refunding unemployment insurance to firms that refrain from heavy layoffs during times of difficulty. Local governments are also encouraged to provide loans and venue support to entrepreneurs.

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