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Economic Watch: China's employment stable, policy supports continue******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- China has created 11.33 million new jobs in its urban areas during the first 10 months of this year, achieving the target for the whole year in advance.。
From January to October, the country's surveyed urban unemployment rate averaged 5.1 percent, said Fu Linghui, spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday.。
China's surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 4.9 percent in October, 0.4 percentage points lower than the same period last year, NBS data shows.。
The surveyed urban unemployment rate is calculated based on the number of unemployed people who have participated in the employment survey in urban areas, including migrant workers in cities.。
"The surveyed unemployment rate among those aged between 16 and 24 has dropped for three consecutive months, showing that the employment situation of young people is gradually improving," Fu said, adding that the main reason is the gradual increase in the employment of college students.。
The rate among those aged between 25 and 59, the majority of the labor market, stood at 4.2 percent in October, the same level as in September.。
The surveyed unemployment rate in 31 major cities was 5.1 percent last month, up 0.1 percentage points from that in September.。
"The policy of stabilizing employment continued, and the employment situation was generally stable," Fu noted.。
The country has promised to fully deliver the tax and fee cuts already introduced and curb arbitrary charges so as to support market entities in preventing unemployment and job losses.。
It also worked to strengthen the employment-first policy, and boost employment for key job-hunting groups, including college graduates, veterans and migrant workers.。
China's State Council has released a plan this year on boosting employment for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), vowing to add over 55 million new urban jobs in the next five years. Enditem。
Argentina's Barros Schelotto appointed Paraguay head coach******
ASUNCION, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Former Boca Juniors and Argentina international forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto was appointed head coach of Paraguay's national team on Wednesday, less than a week after the sacking of his compatriot Eduardo Berizzo.
Barros Schelotto will be tied to the Albirroja until the end of the 2024 Copa America, the Paraguayan Football Association (APF) said in a brief statement published on its official website late Wednesday.
The 48-year-old will be joined by twin brother Gustavo, who will be his assistant coach.
"[They] will begin working immediately to prepare for the next qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar," the statement read.
Berizzo was sacked last Thursday following more than two and a half years in charge. His dismissal came just hours after Paraguay suffered a 4-0 defeat away to Bolivia in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, a result that left the Guaranies eighth in the 10-team South American group.
Schelotto has been out of work since ending his spell in charge of LA Galaxy in November last year. He has also managed Boca Juniors, Lanus and Italian side Palermo since ending his playing career in 2011.
Paraguay's next 2022 World Cup qualifiers will be a home clash against Chile on November 11 followed by a visit to Colombia five days later. Enditem
Sevilla ride their luck to confirm candidacy for LaLiga title******
MADRID, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Sevilla rode their luck, especially in the first half, to win 1-0 away to Athletic Club Bilbao to confirm their candidacy for this season's LaLiga title.。
Thomas Delaney's magnificent 36th minute shot into the top corner of the goal -- Sevilla's only shot all game, gave his side all three points against a rival that hit the woodwork twice through Dani Garcia and Unai Vencedor and missed several other good chances to take at least a point from the game.。
Sevilla remain second in the league table, five points behind Real Madrid, while Athletic are eight games without a win.。
Valencia continue to climb the table, although coach Jose Bordalas was sidelined with COVID-19 for their 2-1 win at home to Elche.。
Elche were close to taking a vital point in their battle against relegation when Lucas Boye's 75th minute strike cancelled out Goncalo Guedes' powerful 23rd minute opener for the home side.。
Elche were looking for a winner but were caught out by Cristiano Piccini's powerful volley following a corner four minutes from time.。
The visitors thought they had equalized for a second time just moments later, but video images failed to clear up whether or not Guido Carillo's effort had crossed the line.。
Alaves striker Joselu scored the equalizing goal for his side and also overtook Javi Moreno as the club's all-time top scorer in LaLiga in the process as the side from Vitoria drew 1-1 at home to Getafe.。
Getafe led thanks to Enes Unal's 20th minute goal and looked as if they were going to hang on for three vital points until Joselu side-footed home from close range with just four minutes left.。
Levante remain without a win this season after a topsy turvy game saw them beaten 4-3 away to Espanyol.。
Sergi Darder put Espanyol ahead in the sixth minute, but in a chaotic game Levante turned it around thanks to Jorge de Frutos and Son and had chances to move further ahead before halftime.。
Raul de Tomas equalized for Espanyol four minutes into the second half and although Jose Luis Morales put Levante back in front in the 57th minute, that lead only lasted three minutes before Javi Puado drew Espanyol level and then scored the winning goal in the 76th minute.。
On Friday night Mallorca and Celta drew a game badly affected by strong winds 0-0. Enditem。