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Urban jobless rate rose to 9.1 percent during Jan-Mar 2020

 New Delhi,2nd Jan.2021:Unemployment rate in urban areas rose to 9.1 per cent during January-March 2020 from 7.9 per cent during October-December 2019, shows the quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). However, it was marginally lower than 9.3 per cent recorded in January-March 2019. The survey data further revealed that urban unemployment in the age group 15-29 years was 21.1 per cent in January-March, up from 19.2 per cent in October-December. Female unemployment rate was recorded in double digits at 10.5 per cent in January-March, up from 9.8 per cent in the previous quarter. For urban males, it was at 8.7 per cent in January-March as against 7.3 per cent in the previous quarter. Labour force participation rate rose to over a five-quarter high of 37.5 per cent, as against 37.2 per cent in the previous quarter.