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China says 7.35 mln new urban jobs created in first half

BEIJING, July 17 (Reuters) - China's nationwide survey-based jobless rate was below 5 percent in June, with 7.35 million new urban jobs created in the first half of the year, the statistics bureau said on Monday.

While China's first-half economic achievement was "hard won", more positive changes in the second half are expected, National Statistics Bureau spokesman Xing Zhihong told reporters. (Reporting by Kevin Yao; Editing by Kim Coghill)