According to data released by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), unemployment in Sikkim was greater than national rate of 23.5% in May this year
Gangtok: On the last day of the fourth phase of COVID-19 lockdown, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) released data showing a striking hike of 22.2 percentage points in unemployment rates of Sikkim, rising to 24.5% in May.
In April, the tiny Himalayan state hit an 8-month low of 2.3% in unemployment rate. However, in the next month, in May, it saw a sharp rise, according to the Mumbai-based think tank.
Sikkim's current rate of unemployment is higher than the national rate of 23.5% as on May 31, according to CMIE, with the urban rate being 25.6% and rural rate being 22.6%.
Countrywide, unemployment was highest in Jharkhand, followed by Puducherry and Bihar at 59.2%, 58.2% and 46.2%. Delhi too has quite a high rate of unemployment at 44.9% for the month of May. Meanwhile, it was lowest in Uttarakhand, Assam, and Odisha at 8%, 9.6%, and 9.6% respectively.
According to CMIE, in 2020, the landlocked state, in March recorded an unemployment rate of 23.6% which plummeted to 2.3% in April, and in May it witnessed a sharp rise 24.5%.
Similarly, India, in the month of April saw a spike in the employment rate. In March it stood at average rate of 8.75% which jumped to 23.52% in April and reduced negligibly to 23.48% in May.
The state has had turbulent history of unemployment, which is one of the most widely used political gambit. And several schemes and measures have been adopted by the state government to employ Sikkim's popukation which recorded 81.42% literacy rate according to census 2011, way higher that the national literacy rate of 74.04%.
Meanwhile, during the lockdown, the economy of the state which largely relies on tourism and hospitally was severly impacted. The peak summer season during which Sikkim records good number of tourist footfall saw none.