BEIJING, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Some 4.65 million new jobs were created in China in the first four months of this year, official data showed Monday.
The number was 220,000 higher than the same period last year, according to Xing Zhihong, spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics.
Describing China's employment situation as "good and stable," Xing told a press conference that the national urban surveyed unemployment rate in April was lower than the March, and the surveyed unemployment rate in 31 major Chinese cities has remained below 5 percent since last September.
Xing said the steady job growth reflected the stabilizing trend in the national economy.
A total of 3.34 million new jobs were created in the first quarter while the unemployment rate fell to 3.97 percent, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
China aims to create more than 11 million jobs this year, 1 million more than last year's target, according to this year's government work report.
China added 13.14 million jobs in 2016, and the registered urban jobless rate stood at 4.02 percent at the end of the year.