Estimates Of China's Youth Unemployment Hit 50%
Youth unemployment across China continued its rise this summer. The official number approached 21% before Beijing halted its publication.
Unofficial estimates stretched to nearly 50% when one counts the "lying flat", a term adopted by youth who are choosing to quit the rat race altogether. In previous decades, agitated youth took to the streets. New forms of hyper-surveillance make such rebellion far harder. Instead, the young simply opt out.
"The facts of countless successful lives show that in youth, if you choose to endure hardship, you will also choose to gain, and if you choose to contribute, you will also choose to be noble," said Xi.
Parents across the world nodded in violent agreement, because of course, nothing could be truer.
“In youth, experiencing more beatings, setbacks, and tests, will help you walk a successful life,” said Xi, a cold terror slowly rising in the leader for life. The national savings rate rose further still, his subjects preparing for harder times.
China’s fertility rate collapsed to a stunning new low of 1.09 per woman (from 1.30 in 2020). This symptom of profound pessimism, if not reversed dramatically, will lead to economic and then civilizational collapse.