What happened

Shares of Chinese online recruiter 51job, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JOBS) were surging today after the company posted strong second-quarter results. As of 10:53 a.m. EDT, the stock was up 8.3%.

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So what

It was a strong quarter for the human-resources specialist across the board, as 51job said revenue increased 20.3%, to $99.3 million, which beat expectations at $94.2 million. Gross margin ticked up 140 basis points, to 73.2%, and operating income jumped 46.8%, to $27.7 million. Adjusted earnings per share improved from $0.43 a year ago to $0.49, topping the consensus at $0.46.

CEO Rick Yan called the results "solid" and touted "robust acquisition of new users."

Now what

Looking ahead, the company said it expected revenue of $101 million-$104 million in the current quarter, better than analyst estimates at $98.6 million. On the bottom line, it projected $0.46-$0.49 in earnings per share, which was also above expectations at $0.44.

After a quarter like that, it's easy to see why the stock is climbing today. As the Chinese economy and labor market continue to explode, 51job is likely to gain with it.

Jeremy Bowman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends 51job. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.