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Congress leader P Chidambaram wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus disease.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19 update: Chidambaram berates govt over jobless rate, then adds a praise

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2020 12:49 PM IST
The former Union finance minister quoted India’s unemployment rate, which the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) said, could have risen to more than 23% as the economy lost jobs after a nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic in the last week of March.
Based on a rough calculation, about 50 million people might have lost jobs in just two weeks of the lockdown, said Pronab Sen, a former chief statistician of India.(Bloomberg)
Based on a rough calculation, about 50 million people might have lost jobs in just two weeks of the lockdown, said Pronab Sen, a former chief statistician of India.(Bloomberg)

Jobless rate soars to 23.4% amid Covid-19 lockdown

Mint, New Delhi | By Ajai Sreevatsan
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2020 06:51 AM IST
Rampant job losses have gripped many other economies, too, in the face of the pandemic. Roughly 10 million US workers filed unemployment claims in the past fortnight, for instance.
Representational image.(HT file)
Representational image.(HT file)

MSc Mathematics student gets sweeper’s post: Lok Sabha member on job situation

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2020 02:08 PM IST
During the Question Hour, DMK leader A Raja also mentioned that a person who is a mechanical engineer and a MBA is getting job of a ‘Khalasi’ job in railways.
People sleep on a sidewalk near Chandni Chowk market in New Delhi.(Bloomberg)
People sleep on a sidewalk near Chandni Chowk market in New Delhi.(Bloomberg)

India’s unemployment rate rises to 7.78% in February, highest in 4 months: Report

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2020 03:15 PM IST
In rural areas, the unemployment rate increased to 7.37% in February from 5.97% in the previous month, while in urban areas, it fell to 8.65% from 9.70%.
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav responded to PM Modi’s ‘Surya Namaskar’ jibe on Rahul Gandhi(PTI Photo)
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav responded to PM Modi’s ‘Surya Namaskar’ jibe on Rahul Gandhi(PTI Photo)

PM Modi’s ‘Surya Namaskar’ barb invites ‘unemployment aasan’ jibe from Akhilesh Yadav

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 10:19 PM IST
PM Modi’s ‘Surya Namaskar’ was seen as a response to Rahul Gandhi’s reported comments about “youngsters beating up Modi with sticks over the lack of jobs”
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Student enrolment in universities on a slide

Hindustan Times, Muktsar | By Sarbmeet Singh, Muktsar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2020 10:02 PM IST
The budget gives the government an opportunity to address some of the fundamental issues that can retrack the economy(ANI)
The budget gives the government an opportunity to address some of the fundamental issues that can retrack the economy(ANI)

What should the budget be guided by?

By Divya Maderna and Abhishek Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2020 03:39 PM IST
The singular agenda for the budget should be to boost human capital for higher consumption and create avenues for their meaningful accommodation in the life of an economy
Policies should be specifically focused on generating mass demand and employment. Fiscal policy has to play an important role in achieving this(HT FILE)
Policies should be specifically focused on generating mass demand and employment. Fiscal policy has to play an important role in achieving this(HT FILE)

Agenda for 2020: Growth

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 08:27 PM IST
The government must focus on boosting economic sentiment
U.S. employers added a solid 128,000 jobs in October(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
U.S. employers added a solid 128,000 jobs in October(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

US added a solid 128,000 jobs in October despite GM strike

Washington | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2019 07:19 PM IST
The unemployment rate ticked up from 3.5% to 3.6%, still near a five-decade low. And for a second straight month, average hourly wages rose a decent if less-than-robust 3% from a year ago.
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210 apply for one post of patwari in Himachal

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Navneet Rathore, Shimla
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 10:55 PM IST
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Unemployment, drug menace key issues in Haryana: Congress

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Corresondent, Gurugram
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 11:06 AM IST
Opposition leaders targeted Union labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar and accused him of insulting people of north India on Sunday
Opposition leaders targeted Union labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar and accused him of insulting people of north India on Sunday

Santosh Gangwar’s employment remark draws Oppn flak, aide clarifies

Bareilly | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 11:56 PM IST
The comments came amid criticism of the government over India’s unemployment rate rising to a 45-year high of 6.1% in 2017-18, data of which was released in May.
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in its recent report had listed the rate of unemployment in 45 cities that have a million or more residents.(sewayojan.up.nic.in)
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in its recent report had listed the rate of unemployment in 45 cities that have a million or more residents.(sewayojan.up.nic.in)

Prayagraj’s unemployment rate highest in country, 1.5 lakh unemployed in govt records

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By K Sandeep Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 02:13 PM IST
Prayagraj, or the erstwhile Allahabad, tops this unemployment list with an unemployment rate of 8.9%.
The study noted that 8.7 per cent of working-age urban, educated women in the country are unemployed but only 4 per cent of comparable men find themselves without a job.(Unsplash)
The study noted that 8.7 per cent of working-age urban, educated women in the country are unemployed but only 4 per cent of comparable men find themselves without a job.(Unsplash)

Unemployment rate among Indian women more than double of men: Study

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 04:46 PM IST
The study noted that 8.7 per cent of working-age urban, educated women in the country are unemployed but only 4 per cent of comparable men find themselves without a job.
Between 2004-05 and 2011-12, about five million workers per annum left agriculture for non-farm sector jobs. Among these five million, about four (75%) were youth (15 to 29 years). This was a good news because it tightened the rural labour market, which resulted in real wages rising (it had been stagnant between 1996 and 2004 because of a rising number of workers in agriculture)(REUTERS)
Between 2004-05 and 2011-12, about five million workers per annum left agriculture for non-farm sector jobs. Among these five million, about four (75%) were youth (15 to 29 years). This was a good news because it tightened the rural labour market, which resulted in real wages rising (it had been stagnant between 1996 and 2004 because of a rising number of workers in agriculture)(REUTERS)

How to revive job growth in the country

By Santosh Mehrotra and J Parida
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 05:02 PM IST
First, the government must increase public investment in social services. Second, it should introduce a multi-pronged industrial policy to reverse the poor manufacturing performance since 1991
In the Indian Himalayas, an economic slowdown coupled with natural resource depletion and climate change had a negative impact on food production and employment opportunities.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT FILE Photo)
In the Indian Himalayas, an economic slowdown coupled with natural resource depletion and climate change had a negative impact on food production and employment opportunities.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT FILE Photo)

Unemployment fuels food insecurity in India: UN

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 07:29 AM IST
In absolute numbers, India’s undernourished population fell from 253.9 million in 2004-06 to 194.4 million in 2016-18, said the report.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday the program will run on a clutch of channels currently operated by state-owned broadcaster Doordarshan.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday the program will run on a clutch of channels currently operated by state-owned broadcaster Doordarshan.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

India is counting on reality TV to galvanize its startup scene

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 08:24 PM IST
Narendra Modi’s administration intends to create a TV channel and show that matches entrepreneurs and startups with investors.
The Survey bets on private investment to drive jobs, export and demand. This was the idea behind Make in India in the government’s first term too. Will it work this time?(REUTERS)
The Survey bets on private investment to drive jobs, export and demand. This was the idea behind Make in India in the government’s first term too. Will it work this time?(REUTERS)

Economic Survey: Road map and challenges for growth | Analysis

Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 10:56 AM IST
For the NDA, economic headwinds have come at a time when its political traction is highest
Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi presented the data in the Lok Sabha in reply to a question posed by Trinamool Congress member Prasun Banerjee.(Reuters FILE/ Representative Image)
Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi presented the data in the Lok Sabha in reply to a question posed by Trinamool Congress member Prasun Banerjee.(Reuters FILE/ Representative Image)

Unemployment rate among Christian men highest: Govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 08:58 AM IST
Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi presented the data in the Lok Sabha in reply to a question posed by Trinamool Congress member Prasun Banerjee
Congress leader Anand Sharma, while speaking during the motion of thanks to the President’s address, asked, “If the foundation was laid in 2014, then which foundation was laid on August 15, 1947, when the Father of the Nation was there, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Azad, BR Ambedkar were alive?”(PTI)
Congress leader Anand Sharma, while speaking during the motion of thanks to the President’s address, asked, “If the foundation was laid in 2014, then which foundation was laid on August 15, 1947, when the Father of the Nation was there, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Azad, BR Ambedkar were alive?”(PTI)

Oppn parties slam BJP over Nehru, jobs, water crisis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2019 01:20 AM IST
Bahujan Samaj Party’s Veer Singh criticised the government for the high unemployment rate. Abdul Wahab of the Indian Union Muslim League claimed BJP leaders had invented a new branch of engineering known as “election engineering”.
(From left) Congress’ Prithviraj Chavan, NCP’s Ajit Pawar with Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat and NCP leader Jayant Patil showing the tweets on the Maharashtra budget.(ANSHUMAN POYREKAR/HT PHOTO)
(From left) Congress’ Prithviraj Chavan, NCP’s Ajit Pawar with Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat and NCP leader Jayant Patil showing the tweets on the Maharashtra budget.(ANSHUMAN POYREKAR/HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra Budget: Govt to spend Rs. 300 crore to set up 50 industrial parks in tehsils

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 12:02 PM IST
As part of a pilot project, it will start creating parks in 50 tehsils, for which the government has made a provision of 300 crore.
BSP supremo Mayawati hit out at the Centre expressing dissatisfaction over the increasing unemployment rate in the country.(PTI File Photo)
BSP supremo Mayawati hit out at the Centre expressing dissatisfaction over the increasing unemployment rate in the country.(PTI File Photo)

BSP’s Mayawati tears into Centre over unemployment rate

Lucknow | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2019 01:44 PM IST
As Modi government enters its second consecutive term, unemployment remains one of the biggest challenges in the country.
The country’s unemployment rate was 6.1%, data from the country’s first periodic labour force survey (PLFS) for July 2017-June 2018 showed.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The country’s unemployment rate was 6.1%, data from the country’s first periodic labour force survey (PLFS) for July 2017-June 2018 showed.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Unemployment rate hit 6.1% in Jul ’17 to Jun ’18: Official data

New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2019 05:40 AM IST
Chief statistician of India Pravin Srivastava said PLFS is based on a completely new methodology and statistical design, making it unfair, and also unscientific, to compare it with previous joblessness surveys.
Data released by the labour ministry on a day when Modi 2.0 Cabinet took charge, showed 7.8 per cent of all employable urban youth being jobless. In this picture, unemployed youths waiting to get registration for interview during the mega placement drive organised on the eve of "Skill Summit -2018" organised by state government in Ranchi.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Data released by the labour ministry on a day when Modi 2.0 Cabinet took charge, showed 7.8 per cent of all employable urban youth being jobless. In this picture, unemployed youths waiting to get registration for interview during the mega placement drive organised on the eve of "Skill Summit -2018" organised by state government in Ranchi.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Unemployment rate, highest in 45 years, touches 6.1%

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 06:25 PM IST
The data released by the labour ministry on a day when Modi 2.0 Cabinet took charge, showed 7.8 per cent of all employable urban youth being jobless, while the percentage for the rural was 5.3 per cent.
The findings are contrary to the official and other industry data which show that there was massive job losses since the the note-bank and GST implementation in this very sector.(HT file photo)
The findings are contrary to the official and other industry data which show that there was massive job losses since the the note-bank and GST implementation in this very sector.(HT file photo)

CII survey claims MSMEs created 14% more jobs in last years

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 05:50 PM IST
Job creation by the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector saw a growth of 13.9 percent in the past four years, claims an industry survey.
The basic premise of a healthy rural to urban economic transformation is to transfer workers from low-skill and low-productivity professions to high-skill jobs. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for an urban employment guarantee scheme to ensure this.(REUTERS)
The basic premise of a healthy rural to urban economic transformation is to transfer workers from low-skill and low-productivity professions to high-skill jobs. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for an urban employment guarantee scheme to ensure this.(REUTERS)

Urban employment guarantee scheme signifies India’s failure to address inequality

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 09:58 AM IST
Half-baked countercyclical policies such as the promise of an urban employment guarantee are an apology for the larger failure to address the unequal distribution of fruits of economic growth.
So do we have a real and growing hunger for jobs?(REUTERS)
So do we have a real and growing hunger for jobs?(REUTERS)

There is no clear picture on unemployment in India

By Karan Thapar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2019 07:24 PM IST
Step back a bit and you’ll discover another truth. The unemployment rate has been steadily rising since 2011-12. At the same time, the labour force participation rate has been steadily falling since 2004-05. So the jobs and employment problem is a concern that stretches back over a long time
Chidambaram’s remark came ahead of the interim Budget on Friday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Chidambaram’s remark came ahead of the interim Budget on Friday.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

‘How can a country grow without employment?’: P Chidambaram’s dig at Modi govt

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 11:31 AM IST
Taking a dig at the Centre, Chidambaram claimed that when the government revised the GDP figures it did not realise that the unemployment figures also got revised.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant (R) and vice chairman Rajiv Kumar at the press conference on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant (R) and vice chairman Rajiv Kumar at the press conference on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

As job debate rages, many questions still unanswered

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 07:41 AM IST
The NSSO assessment published by a financial daily showed that unemployment rate across the country stood at 6.1 per cent, the highest since 1972-73.
The NDA government found itself enmeshed in an acrimonious war of words with the opposition on Thursday over an apparently leaked report that showed unemployment had surged to the highest in 40 years.(PTI/ Representative Image)
The NDA government found itself enmeshed in an acrimonious war of words with the opposition on Thursday over an apparently leaked report that showed unemployment had surged to the highest in 40 years.(PTI/ Representative Image)

Government, Opposition spar over ‘leaked’ report showing unemployment at 40-year-high

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent & Agencies
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 12:05 AM IST
The report is potentially damning for the NDA government, which has been under pressure to step up job creation efforts to absorb job hunters who enter the workforce every year. Instead, the unemployment rate has more than doubled from 2.2% in 2011-2012, according to figures quoted in the newspaper report.
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