Odisha needs to do more to provide jobs to unemployed if the statistics provided by CMIE (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy) a leading business information company has any indication.
As the country began to celebrate National Unemployment day, the focus is on to find ways how to create opportunities for people who lost their jobs as corona pandemic intensifies.
Recent data published by CMIE has revealed the real pictures of unemployment in India that is grasping the nation.
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The data shows about 21 million people who were receiving salaries lost their jobs during April-August. In August 4.8 million and 3.3 million jobs were lost in July and August.
They include support staff and industrial workers.
In case of Odisha, the monthly unemployment rate has gone up by 7.1% per cent (Sept 2020 data). Based on the region, whether urban or rural, the rate was high for the urban areas (12.4%) as compared to the rural areas (9.5%).
Giving a spike in the rate of unemployment in Odisha, experts stated that the number of jobless people in Odisha took a leap to a whopping 11 lakhs during March 2020.
The major factor was the extensive lockdown that led to the cessation of all major economic activities.
However, states like Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Bihar have been worst affected as the majority of the workforce here belong to the migrant worker population.
The state of Odisha needs a revamp of its agricultural sector, with more focus on community development, SHGs, and value addition to agricultural outputs, according to experts.