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Dial 'M' for Manufacturing -Santosh Mehrotra & J Parida

-The Hindu The recent PLFS data, which show a historic decline in manufacturing employment, make one fact plain — India desperately needs a comprehensive industrial policy, absent since 1991 The Union Budget suggests that the government has not recognised the need to create more manufacturing jobs. For the first time ever, manufacturing jobs fell in absolute terms between 2011-12 and 2017-18, to quote the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) of the National...

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More of the dismal same -Prabhat Patnaik

-The Indian Express The budget needed to break new ground, provide a thrust to a slowing economy. This budget lacks innovation. Economics has never been a strong point of the NDA government. Its only two major economic forays, demonetisation and the GST, have both turned out to be pretty disastrous. It was futile, therefore, to expect much from the Union Budget for 2019-20. Even so, one is surprised by the budget’s...

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Which one is a better indicator for depicting the problem of Joblessness -- Proportion Unemployed or Unemployment Rate?

In a recent blog post, Columbia University professor Arvind Panagariya mentions that the critics of the present Prime Minister of India failed to underscore ‘employment rate’ -- flip side of unemployment rate -- that stood at nearly 94 percent according to the report on Periodic Labour Force Survey 2017-18. A recent article by Dr. Vikas Rawal and Prachi Bansal, however, points out that in order to understand the problem of Joblessness...

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Over 4 Crore Are Jobless Now, Much More Than Earlier -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in Unemployment is estimated at 9.35% in 2019 by CMIE, far worse than the PLFS/NSSO estimate of 6.1% for 2017-18. Finally, the government has released the suppressed report on unemployment, now that elections are done and dusted with. Meanwhile, Joblessness has worsened dramatically with an estimated 4.17 crore people unemployed, according to another recent report of the CMIE (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy), based on a similar sample survey. The government had directed...

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It's now official: Joblessness rises with education level -Surojit Gupta

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Only 2.1% of illiterate urban men were unemployed in 2017-18, but 9.2% of men with at least secondary education didn’t have a job. The gap was even wider among urban women — 0.8% of those uneducated were jobless whereas 20% women with secondary or higher education were not employed. The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) released by the National Statistic Office (NSO) on Friday shows the...

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