Assam: Rise in Educated Job Seekers Poses Challenge in State

Guwahati 27th February:The Economic Survey of Assam’s latest findings reveal a remarkable surge in the number of educated youths enrolling in employment exchanges statewide. Presented during the Budget Session in the Assam Assembly, the report discloses a staggering increase in fresh registrations, reaching nearly 10 lakh in 2022, a significant leap from a mere 1.4 lakh the previous year.

The Economic Survey for 2023-24 underscores the substantial challenge posed by the surge in educated job seekers, which has escalated within just a year. According to the report, registered educated job seekers skyrocketed to 9,83,093 in 2022 from 1,37,865 in 2021.

The survey highlights a widespread increase in educated job seekers across all education levels in 2022 compared to the preceding year. In 2021, the total number of educated job seekers was 18,05,441, rising to 17,46,671 in 2020, indicating a 3.36 per cent increase.

Despite the concerning influx of educated job seekers, Assam’s unemployment rate for individuals aged 15 years and above stands at 1.7 per cent during 2022-23, notably lower than the national average of 3.2 per cent.

However, a notable gap exists between rural and urban areas, with rural unemployment at 1.5 per cent and urban unemployment at 6.1 per cent in Assam during the same period, compared to national figures of 2.4 per cent and 5.4 per cent, respectively. Acknowledging the gravity of the unemployment issue, the Government of Assam has taken proactive steps to address the challenge. These include plans to recruit 1,00,000 unemployed youths across various government departments. Additionally, the government has launched several employment-oriented programs and schemes to foster both full-time and part-time employment opportunities, along with promoting self-employment among the youth.

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