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Jun. 2011
April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org

Jun. 1, 2011

The State Council, or China's cabinet, said on June 1, 2011 that a new pension program would be launched in July to benefit unemployed urban residents.

The social pension system would be implemented in 60 percent of China's cities and townships by the end of 2011 before being introduced nationwide in 2012, according to a State Council meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

All unemployed urban residents over the age of 16 are eligible for the program, according to a government statement released after the meeting. Students are not included in the program, the statement said.

The program would help create full coverage for China's basic social pension system, the statement said.

June 2, 2011

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on June 2, 2011 reiterated the importance of creating jobs for millions of college graduates, as he believed the employment situation for prospective job-seekers would be difficult in 2011.

Zhang's remarks came two days after the State Council, or China's cabinet, issued a circular asking local authorities to create supportive policies that would help college graduates find jobs.

Zhang urged relevant authorities and universities to map out detailed plans and provide employment counselling services to ensure that soon-to-be graduates can find jobs more easily.

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