India’s rural unemployment rate climbed up for the second consecutive week as agricultural activities slowed down, reducing the capacity of this sector to absorb workers and also because parts of rural India observed fresh lockdowns.

The rural unemployment rate climbed to 7.66% in the week ended 26 July against the 7.1% reported in the week to 19 July, according to fresh data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).

The national unemployment rate also inched up to 8.21% in the week ended 26 July as against 7.94% in the week to 19 July and 7.44% in the week to 12 July.

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