Ten Million Indians With Graduate And Technical Degrees Were Unemployed

New Delhi – Ten million Indians with graduate, post-graduate and technical degrees were unemployed, meaning 15 per cent of all Indians with the highest levels of education were seeking a job, an analysis of the latest census showed.

Of a total 116 million Indians seeking or available for work, 84 million people were literate and 32 million illiterate, according to the census that began in 2011.

Among literate people, unemployment rates were higher among the better qualified, highest of all among the 7.2 million people with a technical diploma or certificate other than a degree, an analysis of the census done by the Hindu newspaper showed.

In overall terms, India’s unemployment rate grew from 6.8 per cent in 2001 to 9.6 per cent in 2011, a period in which the Indian economy notched up its highest economic growth.

The analysis also showed that the unemployment rates were higher in rural than in urban areas, at all levels of education. Female unemployment exceeded male unemployment, across all levels of education, particularly at higher levels.

Unemployment grew faster for illiterate people than for literate ones.

Indian policy makers have been particularly concerned about high unemployment.

Recently, local media reported that than 2.3 million people had applied for office-boy vacancies in government offices in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The rush for 368 lowly positions in the state included 222,000 graduates and 225 doctorate holders.

German Press Agency

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