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City fulfills job target ahead of schedule
10/10/2006 17:07

Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news

Shanghai had 542,000 new jobs in the first eight months of this year, completing this year's goal of 500,000 four months in advance, according to the Shanghai Labor and Social Security Bureau yesterday.
In 2004, the city added 600,800 posts, an average of 1,665.75 per day. Last year, a total of 651,000 jobs were added, a daily average of 1,783.56. From January to August of this year, more than 2,200 jobs were added every day.
The growing number of people who've started their own businesses have driven up the job supply. In the first eight months of this year, some laid-off and unemployed workers established more than 10,000 service organizations and offered 36,000 jobs. The launch of the Shanghai public job recruitment Website ( has widened job opportunity channels. A total of 37,000 companies have issued 773,000 jobs on the Website and attracted 3.17 million job hunters this year.
The extension of these job services to suburban areas and residential communities has also created more jobs. By the end of August, the city had built up an employment assistance team of 4,500 people and provided 18,000 jobs.