China's youth face bleak job market as COVID slows economy

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China's current job drought echoes the struggle of young people worldwide to find work in depressed economies but is especially sensitive politically in a year when president Xi Jinping is expected to try to extend his time in power China's unusually severe approach towards COVID-19 with repeated lockdowns has kept case numbers low but a social cost has sworn the economy shrinking in the three months ending in June and consumer spending plunging the official unemployment rate in June for people age 16 to 24 was almost 20% compared with 5.5% for all ages and that's expected to rise once the latest jobless graduates are taken into account they often come from urban families who are the biggest winners for China's economic growth and important source of political support the ruling party needs them I am Charles De Ledesma

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