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5 million men lost their jobs after demonetisation, says SWI 2019 report

Though the report does not establish any causal link with the note ban, it says the labour force participation started falling suddenly between September and December 2016 for both urban and rural men


Economy News: According to an analysis by Bengaluru-based Azim Premji University researchers, five million men lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018. The beginning of the decline in unemployment coincided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation of high-value currency notes on November 8, 2016. The university released its State of Working India 2019 (SWI 2019) report here on Tuesday, adding to the already raging debate over employment generation at a time when India votes to elect a new government. The government has not released the results of the new high frequency Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). In its absence, the researchers have used data from the Consumer Pyramids Survey of the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE-CPDX) to understand the employment situation between 2016 and 2018. The CMIE-CPDX is an ongoing nationally representative panel survey of around 160,000 households, conducted every four months. According to the report, the labour force participation started declining suddenly between September and December 2016 for both urban and rural men. The rate of decline slowed down by the second half of 2017, but the general trend had continued and there had been no recovery, SWI 2019 said, adding that though the timing of the decline coincided with demonetisation in November 2016, the researchers could not bring any causal link based on these trends. The Work Participation Rate (WPR) declined as well but not as sharp as the Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR). SWI 2019 found that between January to April 2016 and September to December 2018, the urban male LFPR fell by 5.8 percentage points while the WPR for the same group fell by 2.8 percentage points. The SWI report states that the unemployment rate has steadily increased to around 5 per cent in 2015 and then just over 6 per cent in 2018. Both the PLFS and the CMIECPDX report the overall unemployment rate to be around 6 per cent in 2018, double of what it was in the decade from 2000 to 2011‌

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