Niti Aayog clarifies on jobs report

A Quest to Obtain India's Missing Jobs Data

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"The confusion is being created by those using a job report which has been leaked, and it has not been finalised", he added.

Ms. Basole noted that the government's decision to discontinue the NSSO's five year surveys, failure to regularly release Labour Bureau data and delay in releasing the NSSO's periodic labour force survey had led to "an atmosphere of uncertainty and confusion".

The question of jobs will be one of the biggest factors that will decide whether the Modi government will be able to return to the helm for a second time after the general election later this year.

The unemployment, according to the report, was higher in urban areas with 7.8 percent as compared to 5.3 percent in rural areas of the country. It is not right to compare the two data sets.

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Kumar said that the government did not release the data on jobs as it was still being processed.

According to the report, the National Sample Survey Office conducted between 2017-2018 showed the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent, the highest since 1972-73.

It also said that unemployment was higher in the urban areas (7.8 per cent) than in the rural areas (5.3 per cent).

The commission's back-series calculation showed that the Indian economy grew at a much faster pace under Manmohan Singh's UPA government compared to Modi's NDA, and that it registered double-digit growth in two years - 10.23 per cent in 2007-08 and 10.78 per cent in 2010-11.

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Modi came to power in 2014 promising to galvanise the economy, and boost employment prospects for the millions of young Indians entering the jobs market each year. And critics say the government's claims of economic success have sounded increasingly hollow.

The latest data on unemployment in India, which is yet to come in public domain, is the first comprehensive survey on employment conducted by a government agency after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation move in November 2016.

In a similar trend, the labour force participating rate (LFPR) -the portion of the population working or seeking job -declined from 36.9 per cent in 2017-18 as against 39.5 per cent in 2011-12.

After the chaotic launch of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July 2017, hundreds of thousands have lost jobs in small businesses.

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A statistics ministry official said the NSSO had submitted the report, but it was up to the government to decide when it should be released.

Pronab Sen, former chief statistician of India said unemployment in the India has been rising since 2012 but the attempts to suppress the publication of data was not a solution.

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