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China vows to create 9 mln new jobs in 2012

03-05-2012 09:23 BJT Special Report:2012 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

BEIJING, March 5 (Xinhua) -- China aims to create more than 9 million new jobs in towns and cities this year, according to a government work report to be delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao at the parliament's annual session Monday.

"Governments at all levels must continue to follow the strategy of giving top priority to employment and more actively implement employment policies," reads the report handed out to journalists before the session starts.

According to the report, China will give high priority to supporting new service industries, innovative high-tech enterprises, and small and micro businesses that employ large numbers of people so as to create more jobs.

In 2011, a total of 12.21 million new urban jobs were created, according to the report.

The report says China will keep this year's registered urban unemployment rate at or below 4.6 percent.

Wen said that putting people first is about realizing, upholding and promoting their fundamental interests.

"We will make ensuring and improving their well-being an important task in the work of the government," Wen said.

China will take a slew of other measures so as to achieve this goal, Wen said in his government work report.

He added the country is further improving its social security system by extending the old-age pension program to cover all residents by the end of this year.

China plans to complete 5 million units of low-income housing this year and start construction of another 7 million units to better people's living conditions, Wen said.

China will also implement and improve policies and measures to discourage speculative or investment-driven housing demand, and further regulate the real estate market by reforming the real estate tax system.X Moreover, China will raise subsidies for medical insurance for non-working urban residents and the new type of rural cooperative medical care system to 240 yuan per person per year, from the current 200 yuan, Wen said in his report.

In the meantime, China will extend the medical insurance to cover more diseases such as uraemia and lung cancer to provide aid for their treatment, according to the report.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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