'Entry-level jobs in UP rose significantly last year'

Over 15,400 new jobs created in six major cities

 The employment scenario in Uttar Pradesh managed to defy the economic slowdown as the number of entry-level jobs – demanding 0-5 years' experience – in  top six cities increased significantly during 2013, clocking year-on-year growth rate ranging between seven and 64 per cent, apex industry body Assocham on Tuesday.

“A total of over 15,400 new jobs were created in six major cities of UP,  namely Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow and Meerut, in calendar year 2013 in all categories and across various sectors as against over 11,700 new jobs in 2012, thereby registering year-on-year growth of about 32 per cent,” according to a sector-specific analysis on job trends across India conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

Of the total jobs across all categories generated in the six cities, about 82 per cent new jobs were created in the entry-level category alone,” said D S Rawat, Assocham's national general secretary.

“Most of the jobs in the aforementioned cities of UP were generated in the sectors of academics, automobiles, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), information technology-enabled services (ITeS), retail, telecom, construction, construction, real estate and engineering,” he added.

In UP, Lucknow garnered highest share of about 46 per cent in the total number of new jobs generated. It recorded significant year-over-year growth rate of over 42 per cent vis-à-vis new job creation.Entry level job opportunities cornered maximum share of about 86 per cent in the total number of new jobs generated across Lucknow, he said.

With over one-fourth share in the total number of new jobs generated across cities in India, Delhi-NCR has emerged on top with over 1.39 lakh new jobs created during the calendar year 2013.“About 5.50 lakh new jobs were generated across India during January-December, 2013 as compared to over 5.52 lakh new jobs a year ago thereby registering marginal decline of about 0.4 per cent,” the report said.

Amid top five metros, Delhi-NCR and Bangalore have clocked growth of over 12 per cent and about four per cent in new job generation while Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai have registered a fall.

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