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China’s 274 Million Migrant Workers Are Older and More Expensive

China’s migrant workers, the backbone of the nation’s labor-intensive manufacturing industry, are getting older, better educated and more expensive.

Their average age increased to 38.3 years in 2014 from 35.5 five years earlier, with 17 percent older 50 compared to almost 13 percent in 2010, according to a quarterly survey from the National Bureau of Statistics. While their numbers continue to increase -- the figure is 274 million -- the pace of growth has slowed.