209,762 graduates in Delhi unemployed: Economic Survey

Worryingly, the number of unskilled people in Delhi has also increased from 32,033 in 2014 to 34,258 in 2015

By Isha Bajpai
Published: Tuesday 20 March 2018

Unemployment figures are rising at an alarming rate. Credit: David Morris/Flickr

With almost 1.3 million unemployed people, the national capital saw the number of jobless people go up 6 per cent in a year in 2016, says the Economic Survey of Delhi 2017-18.

“In 2015, more than 26 per cent of unemployed people who registered in the employment exchange had graduation as their minimum educational qualification,” says the survey.

The survey shows that one-third of the total population in Delhi is taking care of the remaining two-third. As opposed to the working population of 55,87,049, the non-working population in 2011 was  1,12,00,892.

Unemployment figures are rising at an alarming rate. In 2015, the number of unemployed people stood at 12,21,809, but it increased to 12,97,364 a year later. Of these, just 2.58 per cent (33,472) are trained to become farmers, fishermen and workers in allied sectors.

“While number of people engaged in agriculture sector is very low, those employed in service and industrial sectors constitute a major share,” says the survey.

Educated, but unemployed

Almost 30 per cent of Delhi’s unemployed population are professionals by training but not by practice. These include 209,762 graduates, 36,403 post-graduates and 60,098 diploma holders. Although the percentage of unemployed graduates, post-graduates and diploma holders saw a slight rise from 23.41 per cent in 2015 and 23.60 per cent. What also needs attention is the fact that the national capital had 32,033 unskilled people in 2015, which rose to 34,258 the next year.

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