Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security
China
Asia and Pacific

Unemployment insurance policy responses to COVID-19

Implementation year
2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for acting on “fully implementing the policy of returning unemployment insurance contributions for job retention” and “extending unemployment insurance coverage, better safeguarding basic life of the unemployed, and ensuring every eligible unemployed people could be covered and receive benefits”. In order to resolutely implement the important instructions by President Xi Jiping, the Chinese government has taken comprehensive policy initiatives such as stabilizing and promoting employment, expanding coverage, exempting and reducing contributions, and streamlining administrative services.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has endeavoured to fight against COVID-19, mainly through 10 special initiatives, among which “Initiative on supporting enterprises and stabilizing employment through unemployed insurance” has been launched, supporting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, to tide over difficulties, providing better living protection for people in need, ensuring stable employment and basic livelihood, and contributing to the fight against COVID-19, as well as economic and social development.

Topic:
Shocks & extreme events