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Wednesday, 28 June, 2000, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Six million lose jobs in China
Workers laid off from a Chinese state-owned factory
Workers seek jobs on the streets of Shenyang
More than six million Chinese workers were laid off by state enterprises during the first five months of this year.

And officials expect some 12 million workers will lose their jobs this year due to China's ongoing economic reforms.
Unemployed man in Shenyang
Most redundancies are in the north-east

Correspondents say it is becoming more difficult for the long-term unemployed to find work and the government is concerned about growing social unrest.

As China has transformed from a planned to a market economy, many outdated state-run industries have simply collapsed.

About 11 milllion workers were laid off in 1997 and nine million lost their jobs in 1998.

Protests

Most of the redundancies are in the old industrial heartland of China's north-east.
Factory workers
Some 12 million lay-offs are predicted this year

There have already been a number of protests in the region, many by workers whose unemployment benefit had not been paid.

Provincial governments around China owe more than $170m in benefits and pensions.

Official media reports said the Minister of Labour and Social Security Zhang Zuoji had urged government agencies to speed up payments.

Mr Zhang said 96% of people who had lost jobs this year had registered at re-employment centres.

But official statistics showed only 4.9 million of those laid off in 1999 had found new work.

Earlier this year, Mr Zhang promised large scale redundancies would be a thing of the past within three years.

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