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September 26, 2010
A helping hand or a handout? Re "Jobless to be a political force," Sept. 22, and "Jobless dispute complacency claim," Sept. 22 Eighteen months ago, I offered a job to an applicant who had been unemployed for three weeks. Although she was happy with the job, the salary and the benefits, she turned down my offer. Frankly, she told me, she wanted to to exhaust her unemployment benefits. She reasoned that by the time she factored in gas, childcare, lunches, work clothes, etc., she considered it a "wash.
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NEWS
March 19, 2002 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thousands of laid-off workers remain in a long-running standoff with officials at one of China's largest oil fields, highlighting the social and economic costs of transforming lumbering Maoist-era industries into corporations fit to compete in the global economy.
NEWS
June 29, 1990 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The CIA, in a strikingly gloomy portrait of the situation in China, said Thursday that the world's most populous country faces the prospect of renewed social unrest because of angry workers and mounting unemployment. In its annual report to Congress on the Chinese economy, the CIA said that chances for a quick return to the market-oriented reforms of the 1980s are "dim" and that the country's social stability is "tenuous."
NEWS
March 28, 1998 | Reuters
A Chinese dissident has been sentenced to three years in a labor camp because of a letter he wrote to parliament about unemployment, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said Friday. Yang Qinheng, 44, was arrested Feb. 26 and began his sentence the next day, the Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1994
Serious Unemployment Problem Is Acknowledged: The government said that moves away from the socialist welfare state had put unprecedented strains on the economy. Li Boyong, labor minister, said: "China's employment situation is extremely difficult, and the country now is faced with unprecedented challenges in deploying all the jobless." The official Xinhua news agency, which quoted Li, said China would try to register its unemployed to get some control over the situation.
NEWS
November 23, 1998 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The latest TV series to hit this northern Chinese port city isn't likely to be a ratings blockbuster. Its Tuesday morning slot isn't quite prime time. Its stars don't qualify as celebrities. And the show's premise--how to become the perfect maid or other domestic worker to serve the growing middle and upper classes--hardly promises a broad audience.
NEWS
June 20, 1988
China's state firms are laying off thousands of "superfluous" workers, while the fired workers are accusing bosses of "exploitation" and "anti-communism," according to the official People's Daily. In the first public debate on the problem of unemployment, the article--the latest in series--said that 90 state firms in Shanghai had moved 3,000 workers from their posts and put them in other jobs at lower pay.
NEWS
November 23, 1998 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The latest TV series to hit this northern Chinese port city isn't likely to be a ratings blockbuster. Its Tuesday morning slot isn't quite prime time. Its stars don't qualify as celebrities. And the show's premise--how to become the perfect maid or other domestic worker to serve the growing middle and upper classes--hardly promises a broad audience.
NEWS
March 28, 1998 | Reuters
A Chinese dissident has been sentenced to three years in a labor camp because of a letter he wrote to parliament about unemployment, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said Friday. Yang Qinheng, 44, was arrested Feb. 26 and began his sentence the next day, the Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Unemployment Crisis Looms: China admitted the problem last week, and that 268 million new job seekers--more than the population of most countries--are expected to join the hunt by 1999. The Labor Ministry has set a two-year program to expand the domestic labor market to try to keep the official unemployment rate below 3%, the China Daily newspaper said.
NEWS
June 29, 1990 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The CIA, in a strikingly gloomy portrait of the situation in China, said Thursday that the world's most populous country faces the prospect of renewed social unrest because of angry workers and mounting unemployment. In its annual report to Congress on the Chinese economy, the CIA said that chances for a quick return to the market-oriented reforms of the 1980s are "dim" and that the country's social stability is "tenuous."
BUSINESS
February 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
Inefficiency, waste and poor returns are threatening China's policy of making large state-run industries the vanguard of the nation's economic development, an official report said Tuesday. The government report, quoted in the official media, sounded one of the first notes of pessimism about a three-year retrenchment program aimed at reviving central controls, giving priority to state-run industries and slowing down market-oriented reforms. Per-capita productivity rose only 1.
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