13 lakh new jobs in 2009

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New Delhi: The overall employment figure in the country rose by 12.96 lakh during the last one year with the IT/BPO sector generating maximum employment opportunities.

The figures were compiled out of quarterly surveys conducted by the Labor Bureau between September last year and September this year.

According to a survey done by the bureau under the Labor and Employment Ministry, the IT/BPO sector generated 8.54 lakh employment opportunities while the textiles sector generated the second highest employment opportunity at 1.52 lakh jobs being created during this period.

This was followed by the metals sector which created 1.37 lakh jobs while the automobiles sector generated 1.10 lakh employment opportunities. The gems and jewelry produced 0.93 lakh jobs.

The quarterly surveys were first carried immediately after the onset of recession in October 2008, which had said about 4.91 lakh people, had lost their jobs in its aftermath.  Compared to it, the latest quarterly survey — the eighth in the series — for the period between July-September has said employment in the country has risen by 4.35 lakh.

The survey, which covered eight selected sectors, said the maximum increase in employment was observed in textile sector including apparel where jobs generated were 2.45 lakh.

The last survey for the April-June quarter had revealed that the overall employment during the said period rose by 1.62 lakh.

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