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More than 50% jobless in India in 2004-05

September 29, 2006 18:47 IST
Last Updated: September 29, 2006 20:27 IST


More than half of India's employable population was without jobs during 2004-05, with urban India accounting for most number of people out of work, the government said on Friday.

According to the National Sample Survey Organisation data, about 42 per cent of the population was employed during fiscal 2004-05, which meant that the remaining 58 per cent of the country's employable population was without jobs.

Unemployment rate among the educated was higher than that among people, who were educated up to the secondary level, it said.

Rural areas accounted for 44 per cent of the employed while urban India had 37 per cent of its population employed.

Employment and unemployment were measured with three different approaches -- usual status with a reference period of one year, current weekly status with one week reference period and current daily status based on daily activity pursued during each day of the reference week.

In urban India, the 'trade, hotel and restaurant' sector engaged about 28 per cent of the male workers, while 'manufacturing' and 'services' sectors accounted for nearly 24 and 21 per cent, respectively, of the usually employed males.

On the other hand, for urban females, the 'services' sector accounted for the highest proportion (36 per cent) of the total usually employed, followed by 'manufacturing' (28 per cent) and 'agriculture' (18 per cent).

The employment rate (number of person unemployed per 1,000 person in the labour force) according to usual status was 17 in the rural areas and 45 in the urban locations.

The unemployment rate for females are found to be higher than that for males, and the highest among urban females.



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Number of User Comments: 5




Sub: I'm confused

45 + 17 = 62 per 1000 = 6.2%. Surely 50% must be wrong. The country would collapse.


Posted by Jayant Murthy





Sub: More than 50% jobless in India

What a Great country !!! Shining India !!! For Whom ???


Posted by Dr H. Kataria





Sub: unemp'

staggering figures..but does this poll take into account the no. of people self-employed, farmers, holy men, sadhus etc.? they add up to a lot, n ...


Posted by anand





Sub: Jobless Growth

Two telling and related stories in a day 8.9% growth in Q1 and more than 50% jobless. Growth seems to be inversly related to employment ...


Posted by JP Dubey





Sub: unemployment

so what is the problem ,advani will come out with berojgar yatra all problem solved.Or do our politician have time for some productive isssues or ...


Posted by arif raza




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