Some argue that China’s higher education expansion leads to increased unemployment of college graduates. The unemployment rate for people with a bachelor degree and above increased by more than one percent between 2011 and 2012, even though they still possess a much lower unemployment rate compared to people with a lower education background.
Not unlike many other institutional structures, one is able to witness a strong regional disparity in the education sector of China. Consumer expenditure on education in China's Eastern provinces outweighs those in West China and Central China. The disproportionate number of distinguished universities in East China has been a focal point of discussions on education inequality, as has been the educational discrepancy between urban and rural areas.