The unemployment rate for youngsters aged between 15 and 29 has increased marginally in India between 2009-10 and 2011-12 fiscals while the overall unemployment rate has remained almost unchanged during the period, a government report released on Friday said.
About 285 million Indians fall in the 15-29 age group, which is about 9 % of India's population of 1.2 billion people.
They are also the ones joining the workforce. Increase in the unemployment rate by one percentage point in a period of two years hints that youngsters are facing difficulties in getting jobs.
A study conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) on one lakh households across India also showed those with secondary and higher secondary as minimum education qualification were the worst-affected.
"At this level of educational qualification, there is maximum competition for jobs," said an NSSO official.