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Solving China's soaring youth unemployment

Public-sector efforts not enough as job offers fall amid economic slump

Chinese job seekers approach the booth of an employer at a job fair in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Feb. 9. (cnsphoto via Reuters)

"I've submitted almost 100 resumes but have gotten zero offers so far," job seeker Yang Yang said. Despite almost five months of looking for a job and having graduated from the prestigious Chinese University of Hong Kong, she is one of the millions of students entering a fierce job-hunting race this year.

Like Yang, the class of 2023 is entering the job market amid an economic slump following three years of strict COVID control measures and regulatory crackdowns on tech, property and private tutoring industries that are normally eager to hire young talent.

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