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The employment story reflected in NSS data: Jobless growth reversed-Santosh Mehrotra

-The Economic Times The latest round of NSS - the 68th employment-unemployment round - brings good news for jobs. The data for 2011-12 shows that total employment in the economy has risen from 460.2 million in 2009-10 to 472.9 million in just two years. This is good news compared to the previous five-year period that saw an increase of only 2.5 million jobs over 2004-05 and 2009-10. Another piece of good news...

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Working women: Delhi has lowest percent in top cities -Rukmini Shrinivasan

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Delhi has the lowest proportion of working women of any major Indian city, analysis of newly released Census data confirms. Kolkata and Mumbai have nearly double the proportion of working women as the capital city, and southern cities including Coimbatore and Bengaluru are at the highest end of the spectrum. Data released by the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India two...

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A woman-shaped gap in the Indian workforce-Jayan Jose Thomas

-The Hindu A mix of social constraints and dearth of employment opportunities has kept women out of the labour market, leading to a huge opportunity cost to the nation Women in India face enormous challenges for their participation in the economy — in a way that mirrors the many injustices they suffer in the society at large. The labour participation rate of women — that is, the number of women in the...

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Far from home and quite alone

-The Hindustan Times Human migration is as old as civilisation itself but the magnitude and heterogeneity of migration have seen a phenomenal rise in the last two decades. This story of human populations moving from one end of the world to the other has another leitmotif today: a spurt in migration of women workers.    According to a new report - Migration of Women Workers from South Asia to the Gulf - Indian...

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Six years of the rural jobs scheme

-Live Mint This week marks the completion of six years of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Six years is not a long period of time for any meaningful evaluation of a programme of such nature. However, even within this short period of time, the programme has attracted considerable attention. One part of this is the criticism of how the programme involved considerable leakages, did not create productive...

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