Unemployment Rate in Kashmir Highest in India

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SRINAGAR: Contrary to the claims the number of jobless youth in Kashmir has shown a marked increase over last few years. A latest survey has revealed that at present there are more than nine lakh jobless youth in the state.

Earlier the number of the unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir was six lakh but as per the figures, the number has witnessed a sudden increase.

As per the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India (GoI) Jammu Kashmir has a very high unemployment rate in entire India and as per a survey conducted by the bureau in 2015-16, Jammu Kashmir has 72 unemployed persons per thousand, which means the number of unemployed youth in the State is over 9 lakh based on 2011 Census.

Of these more than 9 lakh unemployed youth, only over 1.03 lakh of them are registered for employment assistance across 22 district employment and counselling centres of the State.

Pertinently, the ruling coalition partners in Jammu and Kashmir had promised measures to end the unemployment during poll campaigns in 2014.

In the election manifestos of both the PDP and the BJP, it was maintained that ending unemployment would be the prime focus of the parties. However two years on, the figures issued by the Ministry of Labour have punctured the claims.

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