The unemployment rate in 27 major cities has declined by two percentage points during 1999-2000 and 2004-05.
The rate of unemployed men and women in Class-I cities (with over one million population) dropped by a uniform two per cent to the level of three and four per cent respectively in 2004-05, a survey on ‘Employment and unemployment situation in cities and towns in India 2004-05´ released by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) said today.
Among the Class-I cities, highest Work Population Ratio (WPR) for men was witnessed in Surat (88%) and for women in Varanasi (44%).
The lowest WPR for men and women was recorded in Patna at 53% and 2% respectively, indicating high unemployment rate.
The NSSO survey further reveals that in Class-I cities, the regular employees outnumbered self-employed and casual labours.
However, in Class-II towns (having a population of over 50,000 but less than one million) and Class-III towns (with a population of less 50,000), the proportion of self-employed persons was higher than regular employees and casual labours.