Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
20-February-2014 15:24 IST
Status of Urban Employment in the Country

The unemployment rates (UR) according to usual status (ps+ss) as obtained from NSS 68th round (survey period: July 2011- June 2012) for different categories of persons in urban areas of the country are as follows:

Category of persons




Unemployment rate

(per 1000 persons in the labour force)





            The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation since 1997 has been implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) through the State/UT Governments. The Scheme aimed at providing gainful employment to the urban unemployed and under-employed poor by encouraging setting up of self employment ventures by the urban poor, skills training and through providing wage employment by utilizing their labour for construction of socially and economically useful public assets. This was stated by Dr. (Ms.) Girija Vyas, Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Giving details , Dr Vyas stated that a total of 8,44,459 beneficiaries have been assisted for setting up of micro-enterprises (Individual and Group) and 16,42,122 persons have been skill trained under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) during last five years.

The Minister further stated that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has launched the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) in the 12th Five Year Plan w.e.f. 24th September, 2013 by replacing the existing scheme of SJSRY. The NULM will focus on organizing urban poor in self help groups, creating opportunities for skill development leading to market-based employment and helping them to set up self-employment ventures by ensuring easy access to credit.