March 14, 2019 / 3:21 AM / 6 months ago

China consumption seen improving in March - statistics bureau

FILE PHOTO: A worker welds at the top of skyscraper Xiamen International Centre under construction in Xiamen, Fujian province, China December 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s statistics bureau said on Thursday it expected consumption to improve in March and economic growth to remain steady, after data showed industrial output growth fell to a 17-year low in the first two months of the year.

The higher survey-based jobless rate in February was due to the Lunar New Year holidays, said bureau spokesman Mao Shengyong, adding that employment remained steady.

China’s nationwide survey-based jobless rate was 5.3 percent in February, up from 4.9 percent at end-December, official data showed.

Domestic demand is expected to remain steady, and possibility of deflation is small, Mao added.

Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Darren Schuettler

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