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Jul 05, 2022 07:37 PM
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It’s a Bad Year to Find a Job in China’s Manufacturing Heartland

Computer science students practice making laptops at a factory in Enshi, Central China's Hubei province, June 25. Photo: VCG
Computer science students practice making laptops at a factory in Enshi, Central China's Hubei province, June 25. Photo: VCG

Young people from across China have flocked to the Pearl River Delta, the country’s manufacturing heartland, for the peak hiring season only to find low wages and fewer job opportunities.

The drop in wages and vacancies comes as local companies struggle with challenges caused by Covid-19 restrictions, such as reduced international orders, rising costs of raw materials, and supply chain and logistics disruptions.

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