Over 40 percent of college graduates willing to work in China's new first-tier cities

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The new first-tier cities include Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan Province, Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province, Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province and Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

A series of incentives have been rolled out by these cities to woo college graduates pushed out of traditional first-tier cities such Beijing and Shanghai by skyrocketing housing prices and strict residency permits, or hukou, policies.

Chengdu is offering college graduates hukou even before they get jobs. The graduates can get local hukou by simply submitting their graduate certificates.

The government in Changsha has also introduced a no-threshold residency permit policy targeting college graduates. Graduates who get hukou in Changsha also get subsidies for rent or buying houses in the city.

The report also reveals that 43.8 percent of college graduates think relevant work experience is the key to getting employed.

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