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LinkAsia | Feb 26
China's farming industry is being threatened by a labor exodus as more and more people migrate from rural areas to major cities. State-run CCTV New...
Meanwhile, a slowing economy in China contributed to Beijing's loss of 600,000 temporary residents, the biggest drop in 10 years. And now businesses in the city are having a hard time filling the jobs once occupied by these migrant workers. CCTV reports on the impact of the exodus.
Jing Jie owns a small home services company. And most of his employees come from outside Beijing, many of whom are migrant workers. He said in the past few years he's found increasing difficulty when it comes to hiring.
In the past people looking for work would come to us for help finding clients. But now there are more chances for work, and less workers. Now we have to go out and find workers.
Mo Hongmei started working for a family through Jing's company. Her cooking skills seem to be satisfying her clients. She says living in Beijing is not all that easy.
The accommodation in Beijing is expensive.
The client said finding someone that can take care of her house is tougher than it was before.
I have grandchildren. One was born a few days ago, so I need a better worker. It costs more than before. Not just because she can do it better, but because it's not easy to find one.
Experts say the decreasing number of temporary residents in Beijing has also caused employment problems in the service industry, which relies heavily on migrant workers.
The service industry takes a magnificent portion of Beijing's GDP. Its percentage ranks top in the country. Last year it made up 75% of the city's GDP, meaning a large amount of labor is required. Locals are less willing to do these kinds of jobs. The service industry in Beijing runs depending on a large number of temporary residents.
He said the industry is still trying to line up its success with the government's curbing population policies. The high living cost in Beijing has pushed the many temporary residents to leave and the tight control on temporary residents in Beijing means the number of temporary residents has decreased. So, how to balance the population and employment demand in industry has been an issue under discussion. Liu Li, CCTV, Beijing.