More than 50% jobless in 2004-05

New Delhi, Sept 29 | Updated: Sep 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
With just about 42% of the population employed during 2004-05, more than half of the countrys population was unemployed, according to a report on Employment and unemployment situation in India 2004-05, by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) released on Friday.

The problem of unemployment was more serious in urban India, as urban areas employed only 37% of the workforce, while rural areas employed 44%. Unemployment rate among the educated was higher than those whose education level was lower than secondary, the report said.

In urban India, trade, hotel and restaurant sectors engaged about 28% of the male workers, while manufacturing and services sectors accounted for nearly 24% and 21%, repectively, of the usually employed men.

On the other hand, for urban females, the services sector accounted for the highest proportion (36%) of the total usually employed, followed by manufacturing (28%) and agriculture (18%).

The employment rate (number of person unemployed per 1,000 person in the labour force) according to the usual status was 17 in rural and 45 in the urban areas.