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Many educated young adults fail to make ends meet
Staff Reporter
update on Friday, April 9, 2010

Nearly four in 10 university-educated young adults in major cities on the mainland are failing to make ends meet, China Daily reports. According to a survey of 4,687 people by the social survey centre of China Youth Daily, 38 per cent of young adults working in big cities say they have to ask their parents for money and 86.6 per cent are suffering from living pressures. The respondents say they spend the money on homes, cars and wedding arrangements.

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