Even before the rains, Kerala's economy presented a mixed picture: relatively higher per capita income, but slow growth and high unemployment rates
As the torrential rains abate in Kerala, the focus is slowly turning towards how the flood-hit state will rebuild its economy. Kerala, accounts for 2.8% of India’s population, but its economy contributes nearly 4% to the Indian economy. Thus, the southern state’s per capita income is 60% higher than India’s average. This has fuelled internal migration to Kerala for low-end jobs, even as Keralites have emigrated—mostly to the Gulf countries—in search of better-paying jobs. Unemployment was a major issue in the state, with educated youths unable to find a job.
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