Over 39 lakh jobs created in 7 months till March: EPFO data

NEW DELHI: As many as 39.36 lakh new jobs were created during 7-month period ending March this year, as per the latest retirement fund body EPFO’s payroll data.
According to the latest data, as many as 6.13 lakh new jobs were created in the month of March this year, which is higher than 5.89 lakh payrolls with the Employment Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) in February this year.
The data shows that the half of the payrolls were created in the expert service segment across all age buckets or groups. The segments where job creation was substantial were electric, mechanical or general engineering products followed by building and construction industry, trading & commercial establishments and textiles.
The data clearly indicates that over half of the jobs created in organized sector in the country were in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat during the seven-month period till March this year.
The first set of payroll data was released by the EPFO last month. Some of the experts had raised doubts over construing job creation from the statistics. They had said that this data does not reflect true job creation in the country as it includes job changes also by employees.
The EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised/semi organized sector in India. It has more than 6 crore active members (with at least one month contribution during the year).

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