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China's new jobs fall for 3rd month as COVID regains strength

Travel curbs and inflation loom large over economic outlook

Shoppers at a Beijing supermarket on Dec. 14. Consumer goods sales growth was at its slowest in over a year last month after adjusting for inflation.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's job growth slowed again in November as the coronavirus pandemic and rising commodities prices battered many of the country's service-based and smaller employers.

New jobs created in November fell by 18% from a year prior, marking the third straight month of year-on-year decline, according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

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