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China Has a Youth Unemployment Problem Because College Grads Are Waiting for Jobs That Don’t Exist

Despite economic recovery, young people find it hard to land jobs, and Beijing can’t seem to find a solution

A job fair in Beijing earlier this year. Chinese officials are trying to address the country’s high youth unemployment rate. Photo: FLORENCE LO/REUTERS

HONG KONG—China’s failure to reverse a sharp rise in youth unemployment is becoming a bigger headache for Beijing, with many economists saying the problem reflects a jobs mismatch that could defy government solutions for years.

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