Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, China’s major cotton production base, is aiming to create more than 100,000 new textile jobs this year through intensive processing projects such as garment manufacturing.
The number would account for two-thirds of new jobs planned in the region’s industrial sector in 2017. It may be mentioned here that a total of 112,300 workers were newly recruited in the textile sector in the region last year, which accounted for over 50 per cent of new industrial employment in the region. Xinjiang region produces about 60 per cent of China’s raw cotton.
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According to figures released at the Regional Conference on Economy and Information Technology, total investment in the textile sector reached nearly US $ 9.39 billion last year. Annual cotton spinning capacity was 15 million spindles, up 150 per cent year-on-year.