A jobs problem: Labour data in India is lagged and patchy. But supply-demand mismatch is still clear

What is the news? Recently, GOI unveiled a quarterly report on employment for April-June, which estimates the labour demand of nine handpicked non-farm sectors by surveying establishments with 10 people or more. What has been the job market trend in India? India’s economy has been slowing down since 2017-18. Three successive years of dropping GDP… Continue reading A jobs problem: Labour data in India is lagged and patchy. But supply-demand mismatch is still clear

A step backward: On unemployment in India

Synopsis: The periodic labour force survey (PLFS) indicates that India, far from modernising and formalising its economy, seems to be moving backwards in terms of the employment available. Introduction Recent PLF survey has stated that unemployment rate has declined by a percentage point to 4.8 per cent in 2019-20. The previous number, in the first… Continue reading A step backward: On unemployment in India

Migration from factories to farms, a sign of distress

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: The government’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) report shows a sharp increase in employment in agriculture. It has increased to 45.6% in 2019-20, compared to 42.5% of the total employment in 2018-19. This is a sign of distress as migration to agriculture has been due to compulsion and not in wake… Continue reading Migration from factories to farms, a sign of distress

Poverty in India is on rise again

Source: The Hindu Synopsis  During the 2000’s there was decline in poverty as was indicated by the Government data. However, now multiple data point to a rise in poverty and unemployment.  Context  Source: The Hindu Consumption expenditure survey (CES) is conducted and released every 5 years by NSO  2017-2018 data was not released, and the… Continue reading Poverty in India is on rise again

What India’s labour force survey actually says about employment

Sources: Livemint, The Indian Express and The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the recent PLFS survey and associated issues Synopsis: The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) has indirectly revealed deeply entrenched problems related to the quality of jobs being generated in the country Introduction The third annual round of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data… Continue reading What India’s labour force survey actually says about employment