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India States Briefs – Odisha

May 31, 2016

Odisha has seen a sharp decline in poverty in the past decade. Despite this, poverty is high and the state has some of the poorest districts in the country. Growth has been higher than some of the Low-income states and consumption inequality has increased only slightly. Read Odisha - Poverty, Growth and Inequality brief.



Half of Odisha’s people work in farming. While new jobs are being created in the non-farm sector, job creation has not kept pace with the growing size of the working age population. In addition, there are few salaried jobs and fewer jobs for women. Read Odisha – Jobs brief.

Health and education outcomes in Odisha have been improving, but progress is slow. There is room for improvement in the areas of infant mortality, nutrition and sanitation. Read Odisha - Health and Education brief.

There are striking differences in schooling, jobs and health outcomes across social groups in Odisha.  The Scheduled Tribes, in particular, stand out for their slow pace of poverty reduction and limited access to basic services. Read Odisha - Social Inclusion brief.

Gender gaps remain high in Odisha. While there has been improvement in schooling and maternal health, the child sex ratio in the state is declining and many women have dropped out of the labor force. Read Odisha – Gender brief.

For a quick snapshot of trends over time across all major thematic areas, refer to Odisha - Indicators at a Glance briefReaders who are keen to further understand all the indicators selected for this exposition may refer to the Technical Appendix.

To know more about other states read India States Briefs.