India States Briefs – Chhattisgarh

May 31, 2016

Chhattisgarh is the poorest state in the country. After years of status quo, the state has experienced a steady decline in poverty in more recent years. The pace of poverty reduction and growth however lags the rest of the country. Read Chhattisgarh - Poverty, Growth and Inequality brief.

Most people in Chhattisgarh work on the farm. Half the workforce is self-employed and very few of the rest have salaried jobs. While creation of jobs in the state has been faster than in some of the more advanced states, they are not sufficient for the growing size of working age population not in school, particularly for womenRead Chhattisgarh - Jobs brief.

On non-monetary indicators of well-being, Chhattisgarh has seen mixed progress. While the state has much ground to cover in health, nutrition and sanitation, it has made significant improvements in schooling for the young. Read Chhattisgarh - Health and Education brief.

There are wide differences across social groups in Chhattisgarh. In particular, the Scheduled Tribes and the Scheduled Castes standout in the areas of poverty reduction, schooling, jobs and access to basic amenities. Read Chhattisgarh - Social Inclusion brief.

Chhattisgarh's performance in closing gender gaps is mixed. Schooling and maternal health have improved.  The child sex ratio however is declining. While women in rural areas have exited the labor force in large numbers, labor force participation among those living in urban areas has increased. Read Chhattisgarh – Gender brief.

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

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