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Number Theory: How is India’s rural job market changing?

Dec 28, 2023 09:09 AM IST

This is the final part of a four-part data journalism series on the key trends seen in the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS).

Since 2017-18, the first year the Periodic Labour Force Survey was conducted, some of the biggest changes in India’s labour market have taken place in rural areas. For example, women’s labour force participation has increased because rural women have started participating much more in the labour market. Similarly, India’s headline unemployment rate is almost half of that in 2017-18 more because of a decline in rural unemployment (more than in urban unemployment). This suggests the rural job market has changed significantly. Here are four charts that describe that change.

Unpaid family work has replaced some casual work in rural areas.
Unpaid family work has replaced some casual work in rural areas.
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    Abhishek Jha is a data journalist. He analyses public data for finding news, with a focus on the environment, Indian politics and economy, and Covid-19.

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