Jobs generation in Q1 slumps to lowest in three quarters
Employment generation in the eight sectors was up by a mere 0.24 per cent, or 0.73 lakh, on a sequential basis in the latest reported quarter, according to the Labour Bureau’s Fifteenth Quarterly Report on the ‘Effect of Economic Slowdown on Employment in India’. While job creation in sectors of metals and automobiles declined marginally in the first quarter of the fiscal by 0.04 lakh and 0.05 lakh, there was a virtual hiring freeze in other sectors such as leather, handloom and transport.
But sectors such as textiles (0.50 lakh), gems and jewellery (0.05 lakh) and IT and BPO (0.27 lakh) have registered a marginal rise in employment, the first quarter survey revealed. Even on a cumulative basis, job creation moderated to 6.94 lakh in the 12 months ending June 2012, as against 8.37 lakh at the end of the March 2012 and 9.29 lakh in the third quarter of last fiscal.
“This is a direct outcome of the slowdown in economic growth. But the moderation in employment generation has been greater than the moderation in GDP growth, indicating that businesses are of the view that growth is yet to bottom out,” said Sunil Sinha, head of economic research and senior economist at rating agency Crisil. First quarter GDP growth was at a
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