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China’s migrant worker population grew at slowest pace in a decade

The population of China’s rural migrant worker, a source of cheap labour for the economy, grew at the slowest pace in decade last year. Analysts say the slower growth was in part driven by the economic slowdown, though the rapid urbanization process is also a factor.

The number of rural migrants working in cities increased 1.84 million, or 0.6 per cent year-on-year, to 288.36 million in 2018, the lowest rate of growth in ten years and the first slowdown since 2015 , shows a report from China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

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