Unequal Impact: COVID-19 Will Hit Youth Harder


06 July 2020

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, India already faced significantly high youth unemployment rates, the bad situation is going to be only compounded by the loss of existing employment and halt in the growth of new employment opportunities due to lockdown. In 2017-18, according to Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), India’s youth (15-29) unemployment stood at 17.8% as compared to an overall unemployment rate of 6.1%. Unemployment among youth was higher in urban areas (20.6%) than rural areas (16.6%). The rising youth unemployment is the fallout of the job-loss growth regime during 2012 and 2018 as some have argued when total employment declined by 9.1 million, and youth employment decreased by a whopping 21.9 million...

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