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Proportion of China's working-age population declines

By Zhu Jianhong (People's Daily)

15:18, January 20, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The proportion of working-age population – those aged between 15 and 64 – has declined by 0.1 percent to 74.4 percent in 2011, due to persistently low fertility and accelerated population aging, according to statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The NBS believes that although the proportion will see slight fluctuations in the next few years, the country should pay more attention to the labor supply.

China's population maintained slow growth in 2011. By the end of the year, the Chinese mainland's population reached over 1.3 billion, an increase of over 6.4 million people, or nearly 5 percent, from the end of 2010.

In 2011, the number of Chinese people who have lived somewhere away from their permanent residence for more than half a year reached 271 million, an increase of nearly 9.8 million people from the previous year.

The country's floating population reached 230 million, an increase of nearly 8.3 million from 2010.

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