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Latest report by the Labour Bureau states that Gujarat has the lowest unemployment rate among all states across the country

National rate is 3,8% whereas Gujarat it is 1%

Report also notes Gujarat has extremely low unemployment rate among females in urban areas

These results are a part of a determined effort by the Gujarat Government to create jobs and strengthen the people with skill development

 

In some extremely positive news for Gujarat, the latest report for the year 2011-2012 by the Labour Bureau categorically states that Gujarat has the least unemployment rate among all states across the country. Daman and Diu has the lowest unemployment rate for Union Territories.

According to the report, while India’s jobless rate stood at 3.8% during the last fiscal, Gujarat showed lowest rate of 1%. The Report also noted that Gujarat has an extremely low unemployment rate among females in urban areas.

The Labour Bureau conducted this survey and the first such survey was conducted in 2009-2010. The Bureau is an apex organization for providing database at the national level for research and policy formation.

This report is yet another indication of Gujarat’s vibrant strides in every sphere including providing a steady stream of jobs for its people, especially the youngsters. At the core of these advances is the vision of Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who has been a staunch advocate of strengthening the people of the state with appropriate skill sets that would enable them to maximize their potential in the job market.

Gujarat is celebrating this year as ‘Yuva Shakti Varsh’ or the ‘Year of Youth Power’ to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary. As a part of the celebrations, the Gujarat Government observed the Swami Vivekananda Youth Employment Week in April this year during which Shri Modi himself handed over a record 65,000 job letters to youngsters at programmes held in South Gujarat, Kutch-Saurashtra, Central Gujarat and Ahmedabad. This has truly been a remarkable feat in itself.

A major impetus to job creation in Gujarat has come thanks to the great focus of the state Government on the development of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the last decade. Back in 2001, the state had 81,925 seats in ITIs but a decade later the figure shot up to 1,24,098. Other sweeping reforms in ITIs included updating the syllabus and increasing the scope of an ITI education- a student who passes out on ITIs can now avail of diploma and degree programmes in engineering. The biggest beneficiaries of these pro-people benefits of the Government have been the poor of Gujarat.

In the 2012-2013 Budget, the Finance Minister Shri Vajubhai Vala made substantial provisions for the vocational sector including a new scheme to train 4.5 lakh youngsters, the establishment of 10 new ITIs and increase capacity and infrastructure in the existing ones. Furthermore, the state Government has started 3000 skill development centres in rural areas. About 2.16 lakh students are getting training in soft skill centres out of which 50% are women.

Just this month, Shri Modi launched eMPOWER which seeks to provide basic technology training to the people. More than a lakh people including youngsters had already registered for the programme when it was inaugurated. There is an automobile training centre in Sanand that has become very popular for job seekers.

Thus, the figures given by the Labour Bureau pertaining to Gujarat are not only extremely encouraging but also showcase the results of a determined decade long effort to strengthen the state’s population with skills and technology that enables them to find respectable jobs and enhance their potentials.

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