BRIEF January 31, 2018

India States Briefs – Punjab

Punjab is one of India’s more prosperous states. Yet, economic growth has been modest after 2005 and some regions within the state display high levels of poverty. Read Punjab - Poverty, Growth and Inequality brief.



Most people in Punjab work off the farm. While job creation in the state is positive and the share of salaried jobs is increasing, female labor force participation is low and, what’s more, is declining. Read Punjab - Jobs brief.

Women in Punjab have recorded mixed progress. While there has been improvement in schooling and maternal health, the child sex ratio in the state is the lowest in India, and women have withdrawn from the labor force in large numbers. Read Punjab – Gender brief.

Progress has been uneven across social groups in Punjab. The state’s Scheduled Castes lag others in poverty reduction, schooling and access to basic amenities. Read Punjab - Social Inclusion brief.

Punjab has made significant progress in health and education. Learning levels are among the highest in the country, while infant mortality and open defecation are among the lowest. Read Punjab - Health and Education brief.

For a quick snapshot of trends over time across all major thematic areas, refer to Punjab - Indicators at a Glance. Readers 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