Unemployment rate among men rose sharply in Agra, Ludhiana and Meerut during the five year period ending 2009-10, while overall it has come down in cities and towns in the country, says a government study.
The unemployment rate among men in Agra rose from 0.2 per cent in 2004-05 to 5.5 per cent in 2009-10, revealed the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) on Employment and Unemployment Situation in cities and towns of India.
The unemployment rate among men in Ludhiana increased to 6.3 per cent in 2009-10 from 1.2 per cent in 2004-05. The joblessness rate in Meerut surged to 3.9 per cent from 2.1 per cent in the same period.
The maximum unemployment percentage among men was witnessed in Patna and Kanpur at 13.2 per cent and 7.7 per cent, respectively in 2009-10.
The lowest rate of unemployment among men was recorded in Bhopal at 0.1 per cent followed by Surat at 0.6 per cent and Indore at 0.8 per cent in 2009-10.
Reflecting an improvement in the job situation in cities and towns, the survey revealed that the unemployment rate among men during five year period has come down from 3.8 per cent to 2.8 per cent during the period under review.
Similarly, the unemployment rate among women has come down to 5.7 per cent in 2009-10 from 7 per cent in 2004-05. However in some cities it has risen among women to double digit like Chennai, Ludhiana, Indore, Hyderabad, Pimprichinchwad.
The unemployment among women rose to 18.7 per cent in Chennai, 13.6 per cent in Ludhiana, 12.4 per cent in Indore, 10.9 per cent in Hyderabad and 18.7 per cent in Pimprichinchwad in 2009-10.
The jobless among women was zero per cent in Ludhiana and Indore in 2004-05. Five year ago the unemployment rate was 2.3 per cent Chennai, 5.9 per cent in Hyderabad and 7 per cent in Pimprichinchwad.
The unemployment rate among women was highest in Patna as the proportion of such females increased to 23.9 per cent in 2009-10 from 18.2 per cent in 2004-05.
This study is based on the eighth quinquennial (happening