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Growing Distress and a Falling Unemployment Rate: What is going on in the labour market? -Ishan Anand and Anjana Thampi

-TheIndiaForum.in The Periodic Labour Force Survey for 2019-20 has thrown up some unusual and contradictory patterns in employment and unemployment. However, the trends in the labour market over three years of the PLFS from 2017-18 onwards are clear and cause for worry. The pandemic has had a disastrous impact on lives and livelihoods. The national lockdown of March–May 2020 will be remembered for its devastating neglect of migrant workers and the unprecedented,...

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Making Sense of India’s Measures of Unemployment -Rahul Menon

-TheIndiaForum.in The co-existence of seasonal and regular employment has posed a challenge over the decades for accurately measuring unemployment in India. An explainer and a discussion in the light of the puzzling results of the 2019-20 Periodic Labour Force Survey. The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) of 2019–20 has revealed a significant fall in in the Unemployment Rate, to 4.8% from 6.1% in 2017–18, according to what is called the Usual Status....

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19 lakh manufacturing jobs lost in August: CMIE

-The Telegraph The latest Unemployment Rate is similar to the post-lockdown figure of 8.35 per cent recorded by the research firm around this time last year Nearly 19 lakh people lost jobs in August with the manufacturing sector the worst affected, according to the latest employment data released by a private research firm. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) figures show that the Unemployment Rate had climbed to 8.32 per cent in...

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Latest available PLFS data sheds light on unpaid helpers in self-employment & underemployment among various types of workers

Generally, economists refer to indicators like Worker Population Ratio (WPR), Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) and Unemployment Rate (UR) in order to assess the extent of joblessness and work related precarity at a particular period of time in a certain geographical area. However, there are other indicators too, which can help in understanding the job situation, livelihoods security and vulnerability of workers in a better way such as 'percentage distribution...

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1.5 million people lost jobs in August as unemployment rises -Prashant K Nanda

-Hindustan Times According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, the number of the employed fell from 399.38 million in July to 397.78 million in August, with nearly 1.3 million job losses in rural India alone. Over 1.5 million people from both the formal and informal sectors lost their jobs in August, reversing some of the gains made in July, as the Unemployment Rate rose in rural and urban India. According to the...

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