More than half of firms on the Chinese mainland are expected to take on staff this year, said a survey.
World stock markets were drifting in listless trading Thursday as the latest Fed minutes left investors unmoved.
Barclays now plans to close its non-core unit at the end of June after reducing its stake in Barclays Africa to 12.2% and agreeing to legally separate the business.
China has 102 central state-owned enterprizes, which manage the bulk of the country's state assets.
Suzuki will recall 860 imported 2008-2013 Grand Vitara in China over defective shift bars, according to China's quality watchdog.
Bidders for SCB Life Assurance Pcl are expected to be shortlisted this month.
The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.5%, to 3,473.32 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3% to 3,251.38 points.
The company lost US$121.3 million for the last quarter of 2016, less than half the loss from the year-earlier quarter.
The move came after the central bank had injected money into the market for five consecutive days.
The remarks came amid stabilizing signs in China's property sector, which saw fluctuations in recent years.