Dispatches From China

China has a labor shortage

How can a nation with 1.4 billion people, 800 million of whom are still living in rural poverty, have a labor shortage? It may seem like an odd question, but it is becoming a reality in certain segments and regions. The reasons vary but can be traced to two main areas: a fast-growing economy that needs more professionals and technicians than it can supply and the cost/quality of living in the eastern urban areas that dominated the first two phases of China’s development.

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