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Fresh graduates in China flock to government, state firms

Interest in public sector seen as a shift toward job security amid COVID pandemic

A campus job fair in Nanjing, China. The preference for a public sector job over the private sector is more pronounced among students at top schools.   © Reuters

Nearly half of Chinese college graduates chose civil service, public sector and state-owned enterprise jobs in 2021, with graduates from prestigious schools such as Tsinghua University taking a much higher percentage, newly released reports show.

There were 9.09 million fresh college graduates in China last year. Some 49.3% of respondents in a survey of more than 20,000 graduates from 34 colleges across the country got a job in the civil service, public institutions and state-owned enterprises, according to a report published on Jan. 4 by Yue Changjun, a professor at the Institute of Economics of Education of Peking University.

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