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The new government has confirmed the unemployment rate projected in a leaked report before the elections, is true.

The government on Friday said, joblessness in the country was 6.1 percent of the total labour force during 2017-18.

The unemployment data was leaked and first reported by Business Standard earlier this year. A few months ago, a controversy around the release of the report was sparked when the former head of the National Statistical Commission resigned.

The government also confirmed that the rate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the January-March quarter of 2018-19 slipped to 5.8 percent.

The numbers were way below the forecast of 6.5 percent for the March quarter and 7.1 percent for FY19.

The economic growth rate for the full 2018-19 financial year stood at a 5-year low of 6.8 percent, showed data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday.

The unemployment rate for 2017-18 stood at 6.1 percent, showed labour survey data of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), also released on Friday. The rate of urban unemployment stood at 7.8 percent, while the rate for rural India was 5.3 percent.

Congress senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, after the data for GDP growth was released, “Slump in ‘economic growth’ & Runaway ‘unemployment’ are two imp challenges before the country (sic).”

The official release has come a day after Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister for the second time on Thursday in the backdrop of high public expectations on jobs and economic growth.


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