Beijing: China's urban jobless rate stood at 4.1 percent in 2011, the same as a year earlier, authorities said on Friday.

Altogether 12.21 million jobs were created in urban China in 2011, well above the 9 million annual targets, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) spokesperson Yin Chengji told a press conference here.

The employment situation stayed basically stable in 2011 and the government will carry out "more proactive" policies to boost employment, Yin said.

China aims to keep the registered urban jobless rate within 5 percent in the 2011-15 periods, according to a statement released by the State Council, or China's cabinet, last month.