At 12.13 percent, J&K had the highest unemployment rate in India in 2017, says the data compiled by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy in collaboration with Bombay Stock Exchange.
The other states with high unemployment rates are Kerala (9.60 percent), Assam (8.60), Chandigarh (8.05) and Haryana (7.16). The national unemployment average is 4.7 percent.
According to the BSE, the unemployment rate is the sum of the number of unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force, where the latter consists of the unemployed plus those in paid or self-employment.
The three states with lowest unemployment rate are Uttar Pradesh (1.35 percent), Madhya Pradesh (2.40 percent) and Karnataka (2.42 percent).
In its Economic Report for the year 2016, the J&K government had stated that 24.6 percent of the state's population in the 18-29 age group was unemployed, against the all India rate of 13.2 percent for this group.
Chairman PHD Chamber of Commerce and noted hotelier Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya said fewer jobs were created because of the economic slowdown since 2014.
"Industries and business establishments are struggling to stay afloat. In this gloomy situation nobody dares think of expansion and therefore job creation," he said.
Fewer tourist arrivals, he said, has aggravated unemployment crisis in the state.
"As tourism sector is a service oriented sector which creates ample job opportunities," he added.
3 STATES WITH LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
UTTAR PRADESH 1.35 PERCENT
MADHYA PRADESH 2.40 PERCENT
KARNATAKA 2.42 PERCENT
STATES WITH HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
KERALA 9.60 PERCENT
NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT AVERAGE IS 4.7 PERCENT