The Covid-19 pandemic of 2020-21 and its concomitant lockdowns delivered a huge blow to the Indian economy and to its labour force. Both have recovered, though not similarly. It is strange to talk of the economy and the labour force as if the two were different things. Sadly, that is the way we usually understand the two in India. The economy is understood in terms of GDP and its components. And, labour is considered to be something different, even tangential to or orthogonally different from GDP. Till recently, lack of data on labour was the handicap. Now, there is no such limitation and there is merit in seeing growth in GDP and employment together.
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