Looking at the current employment situation of youth in six states in India, this Population Council policy brief argues that significant investment in terms of appropriate policies and programs is required to improve the employability of youth in the country and thereby enable them to find full and productive employment. Concerted efforts to improve the employability of youth and to enhance the reach of existing programs aimed at job creation among youth are most urgently required in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan. At the same time, efforts to meet the large unmet need for vocational skills training are needed in all six states. Findings indicate considerable state-wise differences in unemployment rates and young people’s participation in vocational training programs, calling for state-specific interventions.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2010. "Transition to work roles among youth in India," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 32. Mumbai: IIPS.