Share of unemployment India 2019 by educational qualification

Graduates, with a share of 16.3 percent, made up the highest unemployment rate in 2019. This was followed by individuals with a post graduate degree or above with a share of 14.2 percent. Therefore, the unemployment rate in the country was higher among youth with higher educational qualifications.

Unemployment made worse by pandemic

The unemployment rate has been growing in the country for the last couple of years. The rates were higher in urban areas than in rural areas and saw a similar trend among gender. The unemployment situation in the country was the major cause of worry and anxiety among many Indians. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had only accelerated the unemployment rates, and the situation is expected to improve with many joining the labor force in the days following lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Employment gap

As per the budgetary estimates by the Indian government, there has been a deficit in the estimates of the number of jobs to be created compared to the actual jobs created over the years. Even though only 24 percent graduates were being hired, the organized sectors of employment in the country grew at nearly 29 percent in financial year 2020.

Share of unemployment across India in 2019, by educational qualification

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Release date

April 2019



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