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Even for those getting jobs, many weren’t doing what they wanted, Zhaopin found. While only 6.7 percent of graduates wanted jobs in manufacturing industries such as making cars, that’s where 15.3 percent got jobs. Only one-third of the 9.6 percent of students who said they were shooting for work in media, entertainment and sports said they landed in those fields.

The employment situation this year remains difficult overall, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said in April. There’s a long-term shortage of skilled workers in some newer, upgraded sectors, while older, lower-skilled workers and fresh college graduates are finding it hard to get hired, a ministry spokesman said at a recent briefing.

Still, China created 3.34 million jobs in the first quarter, on pace to exceed the government’s 11 million target for this year.

But for grads, the gap between their expected and actual wages is widening. Women are worse off, with average monthly pay 750 yuan less than men, according to Zhaopin’s survey. For graduates who rejected job offers, compensation falling short of expectations was the top reason cited, by 35.5 percent of those surveyed.

“More than three quarters of graduates are paid less than their expectations,” Zhaopin’s report said. “Generally, they’ve taken a dim view of job hunting this year.”



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