Balanced Regional Development in India: Employment – Unemployment of Young Graduates in the post Covid-19 period

Sonam Arora


The Covid-19 pandemic has put the world into tribulations risking well-being of individuals and progress of the societies. India lost growth momentum for three consecutive years combined with a higher unemployment rate among young graduates. Speculations of negative growth and sky-rocketing unemployment among youth put the development legacy of India into deeper problems. The development indicators viz. growth, unemployment and inequalities between the states are undermining the potential for translating growth into development. This paper assesses the depressing situation by simultaneously analyzing the growth profile and employment-unemployment trends of young graduates in the major Indian states. It further identifies the better, poorly and vulnerable performing states so that appropriate regional policies can be introduced.

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