Indian Labour Market Now in Worst Condition since Apr-May 2020: CMIE
As employment rate continues to worsen amid the second wave of COVID-19, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has said that the Indian labour market is in its worst condition since April-May last year, when the whole country was under lock-down.
 
Data published by CMIE showed that the unemployment rate, which reached 11.9% in May 2021, continued to rise during early June.
 
The 30-day moving average unemployment rate as of 6 June 2021, was 13%.
 
Further, the labour participation rate, that had fallen to 40 per cent, has fallen further to 39.7% and the most important labour market indicator, the employment rate, which had fallen to 35.3% in May, dropped to 34.6% by 6 June 2021.
 
"The Indian labour market is in its worst condition since the nation-wide lockdown months of April and May 2020," CMIE's CEO Mahesh Vyas said.
 
He noted that the past four weeks have seen a particularly sharp deterioration in labour market conditions.
 
Mr Vyas, however, said that a quick recovery of the informal jobs that were lost in the unorganised sectors is expected because of the local lock-downs. But there is also a steady fall in the employment independent of the lock-downs, he added.
 
The total non-farm jobs lost since January 2021 works out to 36.8 million. Of this, daily wage labourers account for 23.1 million. Salaried employees account for 8.5 million and the rest are entrepreneurs, as per CMIE.
 
It would take a strong recovery of the India economy to recover the remaining jobs or revert to the employment levels of 2019-20, he said.
 
"The unlocking process can be expected to repair about two-thirds of the job losses associated with the lockdown of May 2021. That would be 17 million out of the 25 million non-farm jobs lost during the month," Mr Vyas added.
 
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