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Monthly Weekly
Month Unemployment Rate (%)
  India Urban Rural
Jul 2017 3.27 4.01 2.90
Jun 2017 3.80 4.47 3.47
May 2017 3.98 4.77 3.59
Apr 2017 3.89 4.25 3.71
Mar 2017 4.71 5.86 4.11
Feb 2017 5.06 6.47 4.32
Jan 2017 5.97 7.73 5.08
Dec 2016 6.43 7.74 5.75
Nov 2016 6.55 7.75 5.92
Oct 2016 6.75 7.62 6.30
Sep 2016 8.46 9.73 7.83
Aug 2016 9.62 11.20 8.82

Steady rise in unemployment

On 16 August 2017, the 30-day moving average of all India unemployment rate stood at 3.58 per cent, witnessing a marginal increase of 7 basis points over the three day period beginning on 14th August. The increase in the overall moving average has been led by a rise in both rural and urban unemployment.

Rural unemployment, as observed through the 30-day moving average rose by 5 basis points from 3.18 per cent to stand at 3.23 per cent for the three day period. Similarly, the 30-day moving average of urban unemployment fell by 11 basis points to 4.29 per cent for the same period. As a result of this similar upward trend, the urban-rural rate differential increased by 6 basis points to end at 106 basis points. A higher gap reflects increasing inequality across regional employment.

Date Unemployment Rate - 30 day moving average (%)
  India Urban Rural
16 Aug 2017 3.58 4.29 3.23
15 Aug 2017 3.63 4.32 3.29
14 Aug 2017 3.51 4.18 3.18
13 Aug 2017 3.41 4.12 3.06
12 Aug 2017 3.33 4.11 2.94
11 Aug 2017 3.24 4.03 2.85
10 Aug 2017 3.25 4.00 2.87
09 Aug 2017 3.22 3.97 2.85
08 Aug 2017 3.24 3.93 2.90
07 Aug 2017 3.22 3.90 2.89
06 Aug 2017 3.22 3.89 2.89
05 Aug 2017 3.13 3.83 2.80
04 Aug 2017 3.04 3.73 2.71
03 Aug 2017 3.06 3.68 2.76
02 Aug 2017 3.08 3.65 2.81
01 Aug 2017 3.12 3.70 2.84
31 Jul 2017 3.23 4.02 2.84
30 Jul 2017 3.26 4.04 2.86
29 Jul 2017 3.27 4.05 2.88
28 Jul 2017 3.27 4.03 2.88
27 Jul 2017 3.25 4.06 2.85
26 Jul 2017 3.28 4.08 2.88
25 Jul 2017 3.32 4.18 2.90
24 Jul 2017 3.37 4.22 2.94
Unemployment Rate
16 Aug 2017*
India3.6%
Urban4.3%
Rural3.2%
*30 day moving average
Unemployment Rate (%)
States (India)Jul 2017
Andhra Pradesh2.7
Assam8.9
Bihar2.0
Chandigarh6.1
Chhattisgarh1.0
Delhi3.3
Goa4.2
Gujarat3.6
Haryana5.2
Himachal Pradesh2.9
Jammu & Kashmir5.5
Jharkhand1.8
Karnataka1.3
Kerala7.8
Madhya Pradesh1.2
Maharashtra3.2
Odisha3.3
Puducherry2.1
Punjab4.7
Rajasthan1.8
Tamil Nadu3.1
Telangana3.0
Uttar Pradesh2.1
Uttarakhand0.3
West Bengal6.3
Monthly time series