The total number of unemployed people registered at the 52 employment exchanges of Assam up to December 2017 was 19,63,376, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed in the Assembly on Wednesday.
A report published in the The Assam Tribune stated that in a written reply to a question, Patowary said of the total unemployed people 13,56,612 are male and 6,06,764 are female.
The report further stated that the employment exchange at Guwahati has the highest number of enrolment for both genders, with the figures for registered male unemployed and female unemployed being 2,07,920 and 77,725, respectively.
Development still being an alien concept in Assam, the unemployment problem is starker here. A lot of industrial units are closing shops in the State, there are a lot of dying units, financial institutions are grasping with the problem of non-performing assets (NPAs) due to the failure on the part of fledgling industrial units to repay loans – all these factors coupled is further aggravating the problem of unemployment.