Coronavirus lockdown: India jobless numbers cross 120 million in April

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Millions of daily-wage earners have been left jobless during the lockdown A lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus has seen 122 million Indians lose their jobs in April alone, new data from a private research agency has shown. India’s unemployment rate is now at a record high of…

Coronavirus lockdown: India jobless numbers cross 120 million in April

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Millions of daily-wage earners have been left jobless during the lockdown

A lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus has seen 122 million Indians lose their jobs in April alone, new data from a private research agency has shown. India’s unemployment rate is now at a record high of 27.1%, according to the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE).The new data shows India’s unemployment figures are four times that of the US.India doesn’t release official jobs data, but CMIE data is widely accepted.The country has been in lockdown since 25 March to curb Covid-19 infections, causing mass layoffs and heavy job losses. India currently has close to 50,000 reported infections. Unemployment hit 23.5% in April, a sharp spike from 8.7% in March. This is attributed to the lockdown, which brought most economic activity – except essential services such as hospitals, pharmacies and food supplies – to a standstill. Scenes of desperate migrant workers, particularly daily-wage earners, fleeing cities on foot to return to their villages, filled TV screens and newspapers for most of April. Their informal jobs, which employ 90% of
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