Lockdown impact on Rural & Urban employment

The nationwide lockdown starting from March 25, 2020 has brought the economic activities to a standstill thereby impacting the job market. The unemployment levels both Rural and Urban have witnessed multiple jumps when compared to the figures of the previous year during same timeline. The unemployment rate represents the percentage of people who were looking for jobs but failed to find one. While the unemployment levels (both Rural and Urban) were higher even before the Lockdown announcement in last week of March when compared to the previous year; a significant increment of more than four times is observed in the first week of April (Week 14).

Source: Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (Data range- March 1st week to Mid-April for the years 2019 and 2020)