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China’s population growth slows, faces shrinking workforce

China's population growth slows, faces shrinking workforce

China’s population growth slowed over the last decade, new government data shows, as the country faces a shrinking workforce.

Over the past 10 years, China’s population increased by 72 million to 1.411 billion, the National Bureau of Statistics announced after a once-a-decade census.

School children wearing masks cross a busy traffic intersection in Beijing.
School children wearing masks cross a busy traffic intersection in Beijing.
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But annual growth averaged 0.53 percent, a decrease of .04 percent from the previous decade.

The working population in China — people aged 15 to 59 — is declining after reaching a peak of 925 million in 2011.

A medical staff member takes care of a newborn babies in the paediatric ward of a hospital in Fuyang, China.
A medical staff member takes care of a newborn babies in the paediatric ward of a hospital in Fuyang, China.
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According to new figures, the country’s workforce population is now three-quarters of the amount of its 2011 high.

“We are more concerned about the fast decline in the working-age population,” said Lu Jiehua, a professor of population studies at Peking University.

A woman wearing a face mask pushes an elderly man on a wheelchair in Beijing.
A woman wearing a face mask pushes an elderly man on a wheelchair in Beijing.
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“If the population gets too old, it will be impossible to solve the problem through immigration,” said Lu. “It needs to be dealt with at an early stage.”

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