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• Employment prospects appear bettered in the rural areas than in the cities of India, according to the 60th round of surveys by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), New Delhi

• About 43 per cent of the rural population is employed, as compared to 35 per cent in urban areas. Both in rural and urban areas, 54 per cent of the men are employed. Among women, 32 per cent in villages and 15 per cent in cities are employed

• The share in the population of the usually unemployed was negligible. It's in the negative for rural areas (