But this was, at best, a marginal improvement.

Hiring is still 47% lower than it was for the same month in 2019.

Green shoots

The picture, though, is beginning to look less bleak.

This improvement was led by the recruitment sector. “Industries such as recruitment/employment, media/entertainment, and construction/engineering bounce back as lockdown restrictions are eased further,” Goyal said.

In a big departure from the big city narrative, metropolitan cities in India experienced slower job growth than smaller cities like Jaipur and Vadodara.

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