China unemployment

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 February, 1994, 12:00am

THE total size of migrant workers in China is estimated to reach the 200 million mark by the year 2000.

The Hong Kong China News Agency said yesterday latest estimates from relevant departments found that the total rural surplus workforce had now topped 150 million and was set to hit 450 million at the end of the century.

''If half of them are not contended with [life in] villages and flock to cities for jobs, the 'wave of migrant workers' in China will be over 200 million,'' the report said.

Statistics showed that the annual floating population of peasants across the nation was estimated at 50 million. It expected that large numbers of rural workforce would flood the mainland cities, creating the second wave of peasants swamping cities.