China should set a target range - rather than a specific number - for economic growth, some analysts said, as the Communist Party elite opened a key meeting in Beijing yesterday to plot a blueprint for social and economic development. Minsheng Securities analysts said in a research note that it was becoming increasingly difficult to set the economic target at 7 per cent and a range would be a better way to balance the interests of all stakeholders. Huang Yiping, a member of the central bank's monetary policy committee, said it would not be helpful to aim for a hard economic growth number. READ MORE: How China’s five-year plan, an overhang from the Soviet era, has evolved Huang told the China Finance 40 Forum that China should have a general "range control" framework, with the upper limit for growth defined by inflation and its lower limit determined by unemployment. China is facing slower growth and senior leaders have previously said the country will work to shift the fundamentals of the economy away from a focus on high growth and towards a more sustainable framework. Structural factors - such as excessive capacity, a correction to the property market and a high overall corporate debt load - have knocked the economy into a lower gear. Worries that the slowdown would deepen rose after the mainland recorded 6.9 per cent growth in the July-to-September period. The surveyed unemployment rate rose to 5.2 per cent last month, from 5.1 per cent. The pressure on jobs could indicate the government would keep its growth target of about 7 per cent for the 13th five-year programme, said Industrial Bank chief economist Lu Zhengwei. China's economic growth is a hard-won achievement Premier Li Keqiang Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday that China had never set in stone a specific target, and the economic growth was a "hard-won achievement". The premier also said Beijing aimed to double its gross domestic product per capita by 2020 from a decade ago to create an all-around prosperous society. Achieving that goal would require the government to maintain an average growth of 6.5 per cent in the next five years, according to China International Capital Corporation. But the government might set the target at around 7 per cent in 2016 and 2017 to boost confidence and ease pressure, it said. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli said last week the GDP rate was still a very important gauge and the bottom line for a level of growth was 6.5 to 7 per cent, The Beijing News reported.