• The nationwide battle against COVID-19 epidemic has gained major strategic achievements. Production and overall livelihood are gradually restored. Main indicators showed recovery momentum in March.
  • The resumption of work and production has been accelerated. 99.3% of large enterprises and more than 80% of small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have resumed work.
  • The overall employment situation was stable. In March, the surveyed unemployment rate in urban areas was 5.9%. Employees of enterprises worked an average of 44.8 hours per week.
  • Overall agricultural production was steady. The value added of agriculture (crop farming) grew by 3.5% year-on-year. Spring plowing and sowing went on smoothly.
  • People’s basic livelihood was well guaranteed.The supply of pandemic prevention commodities and daily necessities has been guaranteed. In March, the consumer price went up by 4.3% year-on-year, 0.9 percentage points lower than February.
  • Online retail sales of physical goods grew fast. The value of online physical commodity retail sales increased by 5.9% in March, accounting for 23.6% of the total retail sales of consumer goods.

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