Second and third-tier Chinese cities have shown increasing demand for manpower while relatively developed coastal areas are going in the opposite direction, Economic Information Daily reported Thursday, citing official data and job intermediary 51job.com. Job vacancies and employment in coastal regions fell 5.9 percent and 9 percent, respectively, in the fourth quarter last year, the national human resources service authority said, citing its own report on 104 cities. Meanwhile, cities in central China saw 1.8 percent and 2.9 percent year on year growth in jobs and employment candidates, respectively. In eastern Jiangsu province, about 80.8 percent of 1,000 firms are worried about manpower shortage this year, the report said, citing official data.
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