The government will come out with unemployment data from 2016 in the next two months, Minister of Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar said during the Question Hour stressing on the various schemes that are being implemented with an aim to create more jobs.
Job opportunities have not come down in the country and even global data shows that unemployment rate in India is lower, the Minister said.
“The data is not available for unemployed persons since November 2016. We are conducting a survey. We will come out with a report in the next two months,” he added.
He informed that the Labour Bureau has been conducting quarterly employment surveys in selected labour-intensive and export oriented sectors.
The coverage of the quarterly employment survey has since been enhanced during 2016 with more industries/sectors, he added.
He said that the government is encouraging private sector to generate jobs, fast-tracking various projects involving substantial investment and increasing public expenditure on schemes like Pradhan Mantri Employment Generation Programme (PMEG) and MGREGS among others.