Only 2.27 lakh unemployed in Delhi, rate lower than most states

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New Delhi, Jun 24 (UNI) Pointing towards a sound and prosperous economic situation in the Capital-city, a latest report has revealed that only 2.27 lakh persons in Delhi, out of its population of over one crore, were unemployed.

What further indicates a prosperous economic situation in Delhi, the report on the employment and unemployment situation in Delhi, based on a sample survey conducted during the 62nd round of National Sample Survey (NSS) during 2005-06, shows that the unemployment rate in Delhi is lower than the national average as well as that in most other states.

The report says out of total eligible persons for employment, about 54.26 lakh were employed whereas only 2.27 lakh persons were unemployed.

Releasing the report at a function here, Delhi Finance and Planning Minister A K Walia said out of 2.27 lakh unemployed persons, 1.98 lakh were males and rest 0.29 lakh were females. Of all the unemployed persons, around 2 lakh ie 88.03 per cent were in the age group of 15-29 years.

While 0.23 lakh ie 10 per cent of the total unemployed were illiterate, 1.53 lakh were literate upto middle level.

0.30 lakh were educated upto 10+2 and only 0.21 lakh were graduate and others.

Incidentally, the report shows that the unemployment rate in Delhi is the lowest compared to other states of India. For instance, the unemployment rate in urban areas of Delhi is 36 per thousand as against 48 per thousand in urban area at the national level and 37 in Haryana, 50 in Punjab, 47 in Karnataka, 39 in Tamil Nadu, 42 in Andhra Pradesh and 56 in Maharashtra.

Dr Walia said it is encouraging to note that 3.71 lakh persons got employment during a single year, which reflects a sound and prosperous economic situation in the Capital city.

The number of employed as per the 61st round of NSS during 2004-05 was 50.55 lakh, which went upto 54.26 lakh during 2005-06, an increase of 7.4 per cent.

51.71 lakh out of 54.26 lakh employed persons were employed in urban areas and the remaining 2.55 lakh in the rural areas.

There were ample employment opportunities in the organised sector as about 29.99 lakh ie 55.26 per cent of the total fall in the category of regular salaried class and about 21.38 lakh persons ie 39.41 per cent of the total were in the category of self-employed.

The number of self-employed persons in Delhi has gone up by 0.92 lakh and that of salaried class by 9.53 lakh during a year.

The survey estimated about 33.49 lakh households in Delhi with an average household size of 4.78 persons during 2005-06. The average household employment size was 1.62.


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