JK employment most affected, 14.7% lower than national employment rate

The employment rate in Jammu and Kashmir fell in September this year, the lowest in two years. The unemployment rate in the region is 14.7% higher than the national unemployment rate.

According to the survey conducted by the Mumbai-based business information company, Center for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE), Jammu and Kashmir has the highest unemployment rate at 21.6% against a national percentage of 6.9.

In May last year, when the entire country was under strict lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the region’s unemployment rate was 18.7, higher than 14 states and territories. Union – Bihar, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnatak, Madhya Pradesh, Pondicherry, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh.

Employment in Jammu and Kashmir, according to CMIE data, was hit when JK’s administration asked tourists and students from other states in India before August 5, 2019 to leave the region because a possible “major terrorist attack was going to take place in the region.”

In July 2019 – a month before the region was deprived of its limited autonomy – the unemployment rate in the region was 16.3 and rose to 22.4 in August when the region’s special status was repealed and simultaneously placed under state-imposed lockdown for months.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha last month claimed that since joining JK’s office the unemployment rate has fallen in the region, but the employment graph has reached the lowest in India, with the region’s unemployment rate at a record 21.6%. .

The unemployment rate jumped from 8% in September 2021 to 21.6% from 13.6% last month.

According to the data, Gujarat has the lowest unemployment rate at 1.3 percent followed by Meghalaya 2.1, Orissa, 2.8

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