China's Great Wage Boom Is Starting to Fade

  • Economists forecast jobless rate rising to 5.3%-5.5% from 5.1%
  • Weaker wage increases could undermine shift toward consumption

A food vendor waits for customers at a market in Hebei, just outside Beijing.

Photographer: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Rapid wage gains in China that began after the 2009 global financial crisis have begun to fade as the economy slows, and that could create problems for officials trying to boost domestic consumption.

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