India’s Growing Female Workforce Driven by Distress, NOT Economic Growth: Study

India’s female labour force participation rate rose to just under 33% in the wake of the Covid pandemic, an increase from the pre-pandemic rate of 30%. However, it continues to be relatively low compared to the potential workforce.

The recent increase in women’s engagement in India’s labour force has been primarily fuelled by self-employment, possibly influenced more by distress than economic growth, revealed a study. 

According to the State of Working 2023 report from Bangalore-based Azim Premji University, self-employment among women increased by 14%, reaching nearly 65% between the quarter ending in June 2018 and the quarter ending in December 2022.

Source: People Matters

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