This is a jump from 26, 29 and 35 in the first threequarters in 2015. And competition among jobhunters in second-tier cities is even fiercer than in first-tier cities.
Zhaopin, a Chinese human resources website, released the quarterly report for white-collarworkers on Tuesday. It contributed to the grim overall outlook for the job market and theeconomic situation in general.
"Firstly, demand for talent was shrinking with the slowdown of China's economic growth. Manyindustries began to lay off employees who were forced to go back on the job market," said thereport. "Besides, the Internet industry, which used to be a big source of positions, is alsocutting its demand for talents due to some setbacks which happened in the second half of 2015.At the same time, more employees were considering changing jobs, leading to morecompetition among job hunters."
Continuing the trend of the previous quarters, competition in the job market in second-tiercities, especially those in Northeast China, is even fiercer than in first-tier cites.
In Zhaopin's competition index for major cities, Chengdu of Sichuan province ranked first.Shenyang, Dalian, Changchun and Harbin, all from Northeast Chinese provinces, ranked second,sixth, eighteen and tenth.
Once China's industrial base, the northeast provinces in China experienced an even fastereconomic slowdown than the rest of the country. Liaoning's GDP expanded only 2.6 percentduring the first half of the year as the nation is striving to achieve the around 7-percentgrowth target this year.
"The northeast Chinese provinces are facing more difficulties during the structural reform.Many industries could not create jobs," said the report.
"At the same time, more second-tier cities including Chengdu, Tianjin and Suzhou arebecoming more attractive as living and working environments. However, compared with thefirst-tier cities, job opportunities are not as sufficient as they thought. So competition insecond-tier cities is even fiercer than first-tier cities."