Unemployment is at 6.1 percent, highest in 45 years

The data released by the labour ministry on a day when Modi 2.0 Cabinet took charge, showed 7.8 percent of all employable urban youth being jobless, while the percentage for the rural was 5.3 percent. The joblessness among male on all India basis was 6.2 per cent, while it was 5.7 per cent in case of females.

“We can’t do a retrospective analysis based on the previous methodology — there was no (political) pressure,” said chief statistician Pravin Srivastava. 

“We have brought two quarterly data on labour survey. We are coming out with consumption expenditure survey for 2017-18. We are expecting it in June. You can then compare unemployment captured by that survey with PLFS,” Srivastava said. 

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