Surjit S Bhalla & Tirthatanmoy Das
This is the first of three articles on the labour market in the Indian economy over the last three years. The analysis is prompted by the release of data by the National Sample Survey Office on March 6, pertaining to the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted during the agricultural year 2021-22 (July-June) and calendar years 2021 and 2022.
Three key facts on employment change:
- A 58 million increase in jobs between calendar year 2019 and calendar year 2022. The two years are chosen to conform to a pure pre-Covid and a pure post-Covid estimate.
- Jobs for women increased by 28 million or by 25% over the 2019 level; jobs for men increased by 30 million, or at only one-third the pace of female jobs, 8.4%.
- This pace of job creation is the highest in Indian history over a minimum three years.
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