CMIE: More Urban Men Lost Jobs than Women in Second Pandemic Wave

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CMIE: More Urban Men Lost Jobs than Women in Second Pandemic Wave
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By Aditya Raghunath -- Data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) shows that more urban men than women lost jobs in the second wave of the pandemic in India.

Mahesh Vyas, CMIE MD and CEO, in his analysis said, “The burden of job losses has shifted to men. During the April-June 2021 quarter, a disproportionately higher loss of jobs was incurred among urban males. Urban males account for about 28% of the total employment in India. They accounted for a lower 26% of the loss of jobs till March 2021. But, in the quarter ended June 2021 their share in total job losses was higher at 30%.”

In the first pandemic wave, urban women accounted for 3% of total employment but they accounted for 39% of total job losses. From 6.3 million jobs lost, urban women lost 2.4 million.

He said that urban male jobs arguably have better quality jobs and their disproportionate loss could imply a greater fall in income than witnessed so far. “It is also likely that women are often the second earning member of a household. The loss of jobs among women more often than not implies a fall in income but not a complete loss of income. But, a loss of job among men often implies complete loss of livelihood. This greater loss of urban male jobs is worrisome,” he said.

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