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China says it added 7.25 million jobs in first half of 2013

July 16, 2013 at 1:40 AM

BEIJING, July 16 (UPI) -- China added 7.25 million jobs in the first half of this year, up 310,000 jobs from the same period of last year, its human resources minister said Tuesday.

The country's job market remained "generally stable" during the first half of the year despite the economic slowdown, Yin Weimin said, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

He said the country's urban jobless rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent during the period.

On Monday, the National Bureau of Statistics reported China's economic growth slipped to 7.5 percent during the second quarter of this year from the first quarter's 7.7 percent, bringing the growth in the first half to 7.6 percent. For all of last year, the growth was 7.8 percent, the slowest since 1999.

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