The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2018 data has revealed that over 12,000 unemployed persons committed suicide in 2018.

This is more than the number of farmers’ suicide in the same year.

This is for the second time in a row that suicide by unemployed persons has surpassed farmers’ suicide in the country.

In 2018, one unemployed person committed suicide every hour, the NCRB data revealed.

Majority of suicides were reported in Maharashtra (17,972) followed by Tamil Nadu (13,896), West Bengal (13,255), Madhya Pradesh (11,775), and Karnataka (11,561).

Out of total 92,114 male suicides, maximum suicides were committed by daily wage earners (26,589) followed by self-employed persons (12,175) and unemployed persons (10,687).

A total of 42,391 females committed suicides during 2018 in the country, out of which 22,937 were house-wives followed by students (4,790) and daily wage earners (3,535).

Among them, 2,249 were unemployed females.

A total of 11 transgender have committed suicide in 2018, out of which 3 were daily wage earners, 1 each were ‘Professionals/Salaried Persons’ and ‘Unemployed Persons’ while 6 falls under ‘Other Persons’.

The NCRB data revealed that unemployed persons made up 9.6 per cent of the total suicides in 2018 as compared to 10,349 farmers which made for 7.7 per cent of total suicides.


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