The youth unemployment conundrum3 min read . Updated: 20 Feb 2014, 11:25 PM IST
Manas Chakravarty on the track record of the UPA in tackling unemployment, particularly among educated youth
What has been the track record of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in tackling unemployment, particularly among educated youth? The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) numbers for 2011-12 show that the unemployment rates for young male graduates in the 15-29 years age group in urban India was a very high 16.3%. That means almost one in every six of these young people was unemployed in that year. The number is even higher for young urban female graduates, with almost one fourth of them unemployed, as seen from the chart. And if you think that is high, a glance at Chart 1 will show that jobs for graduates, both men and women, in rural India are even harder to find. And since the rate of growth of the economy has slowed even further since 2011-12, it can safely be said that unemployment among young educated people is even higher now than what it was in 2011-12.