INTRODUCTION: The Chinese government has formally declared that there is a significant unemployment problem.
1. GV Street scene, Beijing 0.04
2. GV Workers at building site 0.07
3. SCU Deng Xiaoping and other Chinese leaders (3 shots) 0.15
4. GV ZOOM OUT FROM Building TO market place 0.22
5. GVs Articles being sold (3 shots) 0.30
6. GVs Clothes, produce and pottery being sold (3 shots) 0.37
7. SV TILT UP Worker on threadmill 0.43
8. CU Money being counted; GVs market scenes (4 shots) 0.55
9. GV & SV Market garden (4 shots) 1.03
10. SCU Man holding steel spring 1.08
11. GVs Clothing and fruit being sold in market (3 shots) 1.22
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Background: BEIJING, CHINA
INTRODUCTION: The Chinese government has formally declared that there is a significant unemployment problem. This represents a startling admission by the present Communist government. There are currently about 10 million people out of work in China and 20 million are said to be joining the work force each year. The government is trying to encourage people to find jobs without assistance from the state.
SYNOPSIS: A typical street scene in Peking. China's economy is expected to grow by about three per cent next year.
Premier Zhao Ziyang told the annual opening session of the National People's Congress (Parliament) that the Government's programme of economic readjustment had produced remarkable results this year. The government introduced an important economic policy change: it gave up its monopoly on urban employment granting workers the right to find their own jobs.
The result was a kind of free for all. The market economy still flourishes. Unemployed are officially being asked to find jobs without assistance from the state. Free markets once largely restricted to selling farm produce are now rapidly expanding with a large variety of goods available in street stalls. Market scenes like this are commonplace.
The People's Daily has confirmed the government would have difficulty in meeting its goal of 10 million jobs this year. In the first nine months jobs were found for about 4.8 million urban youths.
These figures indicated that unemployment in China at the end of the year may be six or seven million rather than the four million originally expected. The Chinese premier has forecast a period of slow but steady growth.
Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED