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China shifts axed miners to jobs in farming, forestry

While the move may keep unemployment rates under check, it could also mean a step down in quality of living, reduced spending power

Coal fields in Hegang, Heilongjiang Province. Workers laid off from inefficient state-owned coal and steel firms will join those made redundant at private firms in struggling sectors such as textiles and apparel.

Shuangyashan, China

ANTICIPATING millions of layoffs from bloated state-owned coal and steel companies, Chinese authorities are shunting redundant workers into jobs in farming, forestry and public services.

While this may keep unemployment rates under check, such jobs generally pay...

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