Employment situation stable
China's new college graduates have enjoyed stable employment this year thanks to joint efforts by central and local governments, universities and enterprises, a senior education official said on Monday.
The country had a record 8.74 million graduates this year, 400,000 more than last year, according to the Ministry of Education.
They have been faced with "unprecedented challenges" due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, and it has been "extremely difficult" to ensure stable employment, said Wang Hui, director of the ministry's Department of College Student Affairs.
More than 2.8 million students have found jobs in the public sector, including in government institutions, State-owned enterprises, public schools, grassroots service and rural areas, up from 2.1 million last year, he said at a news conference.
To ease the employment pressure on new graduates, the ministry plans to increase the enrollment of master's degree students by 189,000, while the country's bachelor's degree programs strive to admit an additional 322,000 junior college students.