6.38 lakh jobs created in Oct-Dec quarter

6.38 lakh jobs created in Oct-Dec quarter

During this period, employment increased in almost all sectors except the transport sector which saw a marginal decline, according to the Labour Bureau under the Labour and Employment Ministry.

It said 91 per cent of the jobs created were in export units, which bore the brunt of the economic crisis, thus signalling an imminent turnaround."Out of the total increase of 6.38 lakh jobs during the period, 5.80 lakh jobs were added in the export units. The IT/BPO units alone added 4.87 lakh jobs within the export units," a senior official in the Ministry said.

The bureau arrived at the figures after conducting an employment survey covering 2,953 units of eight selected sectors across 11 states and union territories.The survey was the fifth in the series, the first one being conducted in the October-December quarter in 2008 immediately after the onset of the global meltdown to assess the impact of recession on the job market.

The previous survey conducted between July and September, 2009 showed a 4.97 lakh increase in job creation.The fifth quarterly survey revealed that as compared to export units, increase in employment in non-export units was significantly lower. During this period 0.58 lakh jobs were generated.The official said the turnaround of the export sectors has been the major findings of the survey.

"The results reveal that at overall level the average monthly percentage increase in employment of exporting units in the eight selected sectors was 2.95 per cent as compared to the last survey," he said.

The eight sectors covered were textiles, metals, leathers, automobiles, gems and jewellery, transport, IT/BPO and handloom.In its first survey conducted between October and December 2008, the Labour Bureau had revealed that employment had declined by 4.91 lakh during that period. However, it increased by 2.76 lakh in the following quarter between January and March.

However, it again declined by 1.31 during April-June quarter in the face of recession and increased by 4.97 lakh during the July-September quarter.

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