Many professionals unemployed in Kerala

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 09, 2011 10:30 hrs

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 9 (IANS) The total number of unemployed, including medical graduates and engineers, has increased in Kerala, reveals the 2010 Economic Review tabled in the assembly Wednesday.

As of June 2010, the number of unemployed stood at 43.28 lakh, including 1.6 lakh professional and technical job seekers.

In the whole of 2009, the total number of unemployed was over 43 lakh, including 165,559 professional and technical job seekers.

There were 1,885 medical graduates, 6,965 engineers, 34,653 diploma holders, 361 agricultural graduates and 345 veterinary graduates and 44,976 postgraduates who are jobless as of June 2010.

As of March 31, 2010, over 24 lakh women were seeking work compared to over 17 lakh men.

Thiruvanathapuram district has the highest number of unemployed, followed by Kollam, reveals the review. The hilly district of Wayanad had the least number of unemployed at 88,940.

Figures also point out that as of December 2009, a total of 615,431 people were employed in the public sector while 501,265 people were employed in the private sector.