BEIJING, June 16 (Xinhua) -- China's surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 5 percent in May, 0.9 percentage points lower than the same period last year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Wednesday.
Compared with the April level, the May figure was 0.1 percentage points lower, said the NBS. A total of 5.74 million new urban jobs were created in the first five months.
The surveyed unemployment rate among those aged between 25 and 59, the majority of the labor market, stood at 4.4 percent last month.
Meanwhile, the surveyed unemployment rate in 31 major cities was 5.2 percent in May, remaining the same with that in April, according to the NBS.
The surveyed urban unemployment rate is calculated based on the number of unemployed people who have participated in the employment survey in urban areas.