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KOCHI: Among states, Kerala has the third highestunemployment rate in the country, shows the graph from the latest Economic Surveypublished on Tuesday. According to the survey, which had looked at the unemployment among persons of age 15 years and above, Kerala had a high unemployment rate during FY16, just after Tripura and Sikkim.

Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir are the other states that suffer from high unemployment rate.

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The underlying document, the Economic Survey had been referring to, was the ‘Report on Fifth Annual Employment – Unemployment Survey for 2015-16’ prepared by the labour bureau of the Union ministry of labour and employment. According to this document, Tripura had the highest unemployment rate of 19.7% followed by Sikkim (18.1%) and Kerala (12.5%). Among union territories the top two are Lakshadweep (16.1%) and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (12.7%).

Looking form the angle of casual labour employment, the southern states, except Karnataka, exhibit high levels of casual labour employment, the labour bureau’s survey had found. Andhra Pradesh had the highest 48.5% of workers engaged in casual labour followed by Tamil Nadu (47.3%), Kerala and West Bengal (43.8%), Telangana (43.3%) and Puducherry (40.3%).

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