Unemployment levels rise to a 6-month high of 8.1% in February 2022

Rural unemployment has shown the biggest rise at 8.4% compared to 7.6% in urban India

Jitesh Surjiani | 05 Mar '22

The unemployment rate in India rose sharply in February 2022 to a 6-month high of 8.1%, as per the latest data released by CMIE.

Unemployment Rate (India) - Feb 2022

The 8% level was last reached in Aug 2021 when the unemployment levels touched 8.3%. The sharp rise can be partially attributed to the deficit in the MNREGA budget in several states and limited employment generation in the non-farm sector in the rural areas.

Unemployment Rate (Rural & Urban India) - Feb 2022

Unemployment levels rose more sharply in rural India than in urban areas. The unemployment levels in rural India touched an 8-month high of 8.4% as against 5.8% in January 2022. In comparison, urban unemployment dropped marginally from 8.2% in January 2022 to 7.6% in February 2022.

Unemployment Rate in India (States) - Feb 2022

Rajasthan recorded the highest level of unemployment at 32.3% across rural and urban India, followed by Haryana at 31% and Jharkhand at 15%. Odisha recorded the lowest level of unemployment across India in February at 1%, followed by Meghalaya at 1.4% and Chhattisgarh at 1.7%.


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Jitesh Surjiani

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Jitesh Surjiani is passionate about progressive change for India and its citizens. He writes about issues that are roadblocks in improving quality of life and interpersonal interactions as well as areas of public governance that fall short in intent and action.

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