The jobs question

Employment survey needs to be better, faster

The Indian Labour Bureau recently released its quarterly newsletter which showed a reduction in employment in the third quarter of 2015-16. Of the eight sectors covered, all but one saw a reduction in employment. In other words, the Bureau’s sample survey showed that employment went down in information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services, transport, jewellery, leather, metals, automobiles and the handloom and powerloom sectors. Only textiles and apparel showed positive growth during the quarter. This is a worrisome trend. However, the data set is from a quick survey undertaken of ...