Report stating 'unemployment at 45-yr high' not verified: NITI Aayog

Report stating 'unemployment at 45-yr high' not verified: NITI Aayog

Report stating 'unemployment at 45-yr high' not verified: NITI Aayog

The rate of joblessness among the rural males in the age group of 15 to 29 years jumped more than three times to 17.4 per cent in 2017-18 compared to 5 per cent in 2011-12, the statement said, adding that unemployment rate of rural female youths stood at 13.6 per cent compared to 4.8 per cent in the same period.

Mohanan told NDTV that he had quit over "disagreements" with the government on the release of a jobs survey and concerns about it being buried in election season.

The NITI Aayog on Thursday said that a yet-to-be-released report, which claims that the rate of unemployment is at a 45-year high in 2017-18, is not verified.

"To my mind, the problem is that there's a lack of good-quality jobs, and that's what we need to focus on".

"NITI Aayog doesn't have the final report".

Kumar's clarification came hours after the opposition attacked the government over a National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report that was leaked to some parts of the media.

But, while India's economy has been expanding by 7 percent plus annually - the fastest pace among major economies - its uneven growth has meant that there are not enough new jobs to keep pace.

The BJP retort came after Gandhi attacked Modi over employment generation, saying he had promised two crore jobs, but five years later a "leaked job creation report card" had revealed a "national disaster".


Niti Aayog's Kumar, however, said the data collected in the Periodic Labour Force Survey for June 2017-July 2018 needs to be compared on a quarterly basis, and the numbers for July-December 2018 are still being processed, he said.

According to Business Standard, the report states that unemployment was last this high in 1972-73.

Worse, the labour force participation rate - the proportion of population working or seeking jobs - declined to 36.9 percent in 2017/18 from 39.5 percent in 2011/12, the report said.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that India's growth rate is 7.2 per cent.

The survey comes a month after the All India Manufacturers' Organisation released a report that said 3.5 million jobs had been lost since 2016.

Last year, the government had adopted a similar tone and completely disregarded a report of a sub-committee of the NSC headed by N.R. Bhanumurthy, a professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, saying the methodology for calculation of the back-series had not been finalised.

Some sociologists say that there are instances of a correlation between high unemployment and an increase in criminal behaviour.

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