Urban Employment Rate Lowest in Four Quarters: NSO

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On Saturday, a survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO) showed that the urban employment rate dipped lowest in four quarters at 9.3 per cent during January-March 2019.

NSO’s quarterly bulletin of the Periodic Labour Force Survey which was released on Saturday does not include a comparable figure for January-March 2018.

The NSO stated in the bulletin the urban unemployment rate (UR) was 9.9 per cent in April-June 2018, 9.7 per cent in July-September 2018 and 9.9 per cent in October-December 2018.

The data also showed that the urban areas’ UR among males was at 8.7 per cent during January-March 2019.

The joblessness rate among urban males was at 9 per cent in April-June 2018, 8.9 per cent in July-September and 9.2 per cent in October-December last year. Whereas for women, it was at 11.6 per cent during January-March 2019.

The Hindu Business Line reported that while this rate for women during April-June 2018 was 12.8 per cent in July-September was 12.7 per cent and in October-December last year was 12.3 per cent.

The report also showed that of the total workforce 37.7 per cent were self-employed, while 50 per cent were salaried or regular workers and 12.4 per cent were casual labourers.

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