Can’t sleep at night’: China’s youth worry about tough job market

Latest graduated psychology major Zhang has not been able to discover a job in her interested field of market research despite giving away thousands of curricula vitae to Chinese employers. The prolonged research has taken an emotional toll on the 23-year-old, who had satirically conducted a research on job searching anxiety as part of her university studies. “After graduating, I’ve understood that the pressure is really a lot,” she told AFP at a recruitment fair in Beijing this weekend, cutting down to give her full name for fear of results.

“For every ten resumes I give , I get one reply back,” she said. Ms Zhang is one of millions of graduates coming to China’s job market at a time of raising youth unemployment. Latest, the figure has crashed into a record every month with 21.3 per cent of people aged 16 to 24 jobless in June. The authorities on Tuesday suddenly conveyed they would stop printing age-linked employment information, encouraging public doubt and worries related to youth joblessness in the world’s second-hugest economy.