Unemployment in Rajasthan

Employment situation in Rajasthan has been influenced by rapid growth of population, agricultural fluctuations and slow industrial growth of state. The situation of underemployment and unemployment has been worsening with passage of time. However, before getting into the number and details, lets understand different aspects unemployment and how unemployment is measured.

What is Unemployment ?

To most, the word, unemployed means being without work. Unemployment is defined as the condition of being unemployed, or, it refers to the number or proportion of people in the working population who are unemployed( have no jobs). An unemployed person is one who is an active member of the labour force and is able to and seeks work, but is unable to find work during a specified reference period (a week or a month or a year).


The unemployment rate is the ratio of the number of unemployed persons in the labour force per thousand.

Types of Unemployment:

Structural Un-employment:

  • This kind of unemployment occurs when there is any change in consumer demand and technology in the economy. For instance, when computers were introduced, many workers were dislodged because of a mismatch between the existing skills of the workers and the requirement of the job.

Cyclical Un-employment:

  • When there is an economy-wide decline in aggregate demand for goods and services, employment declines and unemployment correspondingly increases.

Frictional Un-employment:

  • This type of unemployment refers to a transition period of looking for a new job, for different reasons, such as seeking a better job, being fired from a current job, or having voluntarily quit a current job. The period of time between the current to a new job is referred to as frictional, or temporary unemployment.

Seasonal Un-employment: 

  • A type of frictional unemployment, occurs in specific activities or occupations which are characterized by seasonal work.

Open unemployment:

  • Open unemployment arises when a person, voluntarily or involuntarily, keeps himself or herself out of consideration for certain jobs.


Disguised underemployment

  • The condition of those who work part time because fill time jobs are unavailable or employed on a full time basis but the services they render may actually be much less than full time.

Hidden underemployment:

  • Who are employed in occupations requiring lower levels of skills than they are qualified for.

Working poor 

  • Those who actually work long hours but earn only a low income below the poverty line. I. e. in spite of being employed, remain in relative poverty due to low levels of wages and earnings.


In India, two main organisations which generate and compile data on workers are:

  1. The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and
  2. Office of the Registrar General of Census

NSSO uses the concept of ‘Usual Principal Status’ (UPS) as a time reference period for identifying workers. NSSO uses three reference periods to describe the activity status of a worker. These reference periods are – a year, a week and a day.

1.UPS Criteria: On basis of UPS of people, a person is known to be employed if he or she was engaged in an economic activity for a longer period of time (183 days or more) in 365 days.
Subsidiary Status’ – A ‘subsidiary status worker’ is that worker who was engaged in an economic activity in a subsidiary capacity during the reference period.

  1. Usual Principal and Subsidiary Status Unemployment (UPSS) = UPS unemployed + Subsidiary un employed

The UPSS criterion adds an additional group of persons to the UPS employed. These are UPS non-works who have done intermittent work as a subsidiary activity during the reference year

  1. ‘Current Weekly Status’ (CWS) – refers to those who are employed for at least an hour during the reference week or the number employed in a average week

UPS, UPSS, CWS – overestimate employment because of the way they are defined.

  1. ‘Current Daily Status’ (CDS) – this refers to the number of persons who did not find work on a day, or on some days, during the survey week.

CDS employment measures the rate of utilisation of the labour force in terms of person-days. While the first three measures overestimate, to some extent, levels of employment because of the way they are defined, the CDS measure gives a closer estimate of these levels.
Visible underemployment = CWS – CDS

Unemployment Rates in Rajasthan

Activity-wise un-employment in Rajasthan

Sector-wise Unemployment in Rajasthan

Initiatives taken by Government to reduce Unemployment in State

Employment Schemes by Government


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