The latest economic census has some good news about women in the work force


Rural India, home to some 68% of the population, is creating jobs nearly as rapidly as urban India. And the participation of women in the workforce is going up in both urban and rural areas.

These are some of the findings of the latest Economic Census, a periodic exercise that takes stock of the country’s economic activities. The data for the 2013 Economic Census was released on 30 June. These figures are provisional. The last such census took place in 2005.

A lot has improved over these eight years. But here is one key change that stands out from the data—more women are becoming a part of the Indian workforce.

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This is important because India has the lowest participation of women in the workforce among all the BRICS countries. As per the 2013 economic census, the percentage of female workers is around 26% or 32 million, up from 19% in 2005…

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