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Graduates turn to 2nd- and 3rd-tier cities


09:02, May 29, 2013


Tianjin (CNS) -- Metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are no longer the first choice for job-seekers in China, as more graduates are turning their eyes on second- and third-tier cities amid the high pressures of employment.

This year, about 7 million students will graduate from college, an increase of 190,000 from 2012. This number is the highest since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, indicating that 2013 is expected to be the toughest year for graduates.

A recent survey shows 76 percent of white-collar employees working in first-tier cities are in a state of poor health. Nearly 60 percent of them are overworked.

High living costs, including rising commodity prices and skyrocketing housing prices, in first-tier cities have pushed job seekers to face reality and turn their eyes on job markets in second- and third-tier cities.

Seeking jobs in small and mid-sized cities is a wise and rational choice for graduates, as lower living costs can provide a better environment for entry-level workers, said Jiang Jianrong, an associate professor from the Zhou Enlai School of Government under the Tianjin-based Nankai University.

By working in second- or third-tier cities, graduates can also contribute to the growth of those cities, Jiang added.

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