India’s unemployment rate highest in 5 years in 2015-16

The figures could be an alarm bell for BJP-ruled government at the Centre, which has taken a series of steps such as 'Make in India' to create jobs for inclusive growth in the country.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2016 4:30 pm
India unemployment, India, unemployment, India unemployment rate, jobs, India jobs, Labour Bureau, news, latest news, India news, national news According to the fifth annual employment-unemployment survey at all-India level, about 77 per cent of the households were reported to be having no regular wage/salaried person. (representative image)

Unemployment rate in India has shot up to a five-year high of 5 per cent in 2015-16, with the figure significantly higher at 8.7 per cent for women as compared to 4.3 per cent for men, says a report by Labour Bureau. The figures could be an alarm bell for BJP-ruled government at the Centre, which has taken a series of steps such as ‘Make in India’ to create jobs for inclusive growth in the country.

According to the fifth annual employment-unemployment survey at all-India level, about 77 per cent of the households were reported to be having no regular wage/salaried person. It said the unemployment rate was estimated to be 5 per cent at all-India level under the UPS (Usual Principal Status) approach. Unemployment rate was 4.9 per cent in 2013-14, 4.7 per cent (2012-13), 3.8 per cent (2011-12) and 9.3 per cent (2009-10). Labour Bureau did not bring out any such report for 2014-15.

“In rural sector, unemployment rate was 5.1 per cent whereas in urban sector, the rate was 4.9 per cent under the UPS approach,” the report said. The figure was significantly higher among females compared to males. Female unemployment rate was estimated to be 8.7 per cent, whereas for males it was 4.3 per cent.

In urban areas, female unemployment rate was estimated to be 12.1 per cent at pan-India level compared to 3.3 per cent for males and 10.3 per cent for transgenders. The survey was conducted across all states and union territories during April 2015 to December 2015. A total sample of 1,56,563 households were covered in the survey – 88,783 households in the rural sector and 67,780 in the urban sector.

Topping the chart among the states and union territories was Tripura (19.7 per cent) followed by Sikkim (18.1 per cent), Lakshadweep (16.1 per cent), Andaman & Nicobar islands (12.7 per cent), Kerala (12.5 per cent) and Himachal Pradesh (10.6 per cent).

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    Anji Sepoy
    Feb 19, 2017 at 2:44 am
    even govt should nt take any action on un employement its political ledars deffect.
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      geethanjali
      Feb 19, 2017 at 10:05 am
      why should women be emplo other than divorcees or single mother ?
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        melbin kuriakose
        Jan 26, 2017 at 6:26 am
        Till WHEN will you people cast aspersions / blames upon the Previous Govt...???? The Govt. has excelled ONLY in the Previous Govt's Programmes .....!!! Whatever it has ventured on its own had bitten the Dust ...cluding Demonetisation ....!!!!
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          melbin kuriakose
          Jan 26, 2017 at 6:19 am
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            N Kumar
            Jan 31, 2017 at 7:25 am
            Then why the party that has been "dethroned" casting aspersions on the present govt and not letting them work? If they were so great, why the unemployment rate rose to 9.4% in 2010? Since you are not an Indian, kindly take interest in matters of your own country and spare Indians of your pearls of wisdom.
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              sriniv
              Jan 7, 2017 at 3:23 am
              360 page report condensed to 300 to 500 words and claiming to be alarming bell for any government... wellit is the other way round...it is the alarm bell for lowered standards of reporting by Indian Express
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                Vaibha
                Mar 3, 2017 at 7:44 am
                2008-2010 the unemployment rate hovered around 9.4% that is the highest ever in india
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                  Vaibha
                  Mar 3, 2017 at 7:42 am
                  Indian Express has very wisely and selectively chosen the date of last 5 years and masked the poor unemployment rate that was immediately before 2010-11. Please refer to following link for more details.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Misguiding journalism by Indian Express
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                    Rohit Gangadhara
                    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:32 am
                    As a professional working in the IT industry I see most of my ex colleagues without jobs. It is scary. Nowadays no one even calls for interviews and people with jobs are holding onto it for dear life as moving to a new job is also risky as you don't know how long it will last. It wasn't like this.
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                      Atheist
                      Dec 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm
                      The IT industry has much to do with international markets and economic condition than one in India. Globally automation market is on the decline.
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                        Ekta Beniwal
                        Nov 11, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                        And Automatic Intelligence or Robots will soon enhance their footprints adding to the woes. Skill upgradation program requires dire attention with special emphasis on entrepreneurship skills so that more people can become job giver rather than job seeker.
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                          Mihir Thakkar
                          Oct 24, 2016 at 8:08 am
                          This is really Scary !
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                            shadi katyal
                            Oct 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm
                            While Modi lt;br/gt;sarkar claims our GDP ghest in the world of 7.5 % investment in industry and thus no new jobs soAche Din come.lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP is too busy withUP elections and people can be made fool with startigic words.lt;br/gt;Iss there any Ganga river cleaning news or was that another Jumala
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                              SRIJAN MEHROTRA
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 3:59 am
                              The survey is to small to give us a clear picture, not saying it isn't a situation but the research methodology seems to have a very small database and add to that the method of choosing the households is not given, was it a om sampling or some other approach.
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