ISLAMABAD  – The unemployment rate in Punjab is highest as compared to other provinces while in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) a fall in unemployment has been observed.

According to an Statistics Division official the number of unemployed people in Sindh has increased from 0.44 million in 2008-09 to 0.70 million in 2010-11 and in Baluchistan number of unemployed people increased from 0.06 million in 2008-09 to 0.07 million in 2010-11. In the Punjab unemployed persons in 2008-09 were 1.79 million but in 2010-11 the figure reached 2.10 million.     

The official said in rural areas unemployment rate has decreased from 4.8 percent in 2009-10 to 4.7 percent in 2010-11 due to supportive polices of government. To a question, he said unemployment rate in urban areas has increased from 7.2 percent in 2009-10 to 8.8 percent in 2010-11.