Odisha records lowest unemployment rate in December among Indian states


Odisha recorded lowest unemployment rate among all the Indian states in December, according to data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).

The state’s unemployment rate was at 0.2% in December, down from 1.7% in November. The same was at 4.4% in December 2019.

Odisha’s unemployment rate had hit a high of 23.8% in April 2020, possibly due to return of migrant workers from other states during the peak of Covid-19 pandemic. However, the rate is gradually moving down after April. In May, it fell to 11.4% and subsequently remained at single digit during the rest of the year.

This comes at a time, when India’s overall unemployment rate rose to a 6-month high of 9.06% in December. In April, during the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, India’s unemployment rate was almost at same level of 23.5%.

Among other Indian states, Haryana recorded the highest unemployment rate of 32.5% in December, while the same for Rajasthan was at 28.2%. Some other states those recorded double digit unemployment rate were Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tripura, Bihar, Goa.