Unemployment rate was at 3 percent when Adityanath took office in March 2017, and stood at 4.2 percent as of October 2021.
While quoting the 17 percent figure, Adityanath took an unemployment rate from almost seven months before he came to power in March 2017. The highest ever unemployment rate recorded in Uttar Pradesh was 18 percent in June 2016, followed by 17.1 percent in August 2016 under the former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's government, before gradually decreasing throughout 2016 and early 2017.
When Adityanath took office, the unemployment rate in U.P. was 3 percent as of February 2017, according to CMIE data. If looking at just the unemployment rate metric, the state today is worse off from when the BJP government took over.
Due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, the highest unemployment rate under the BJP government in the state was 21.5 percent in April 2020, followed by 20.4 percent in May 2020. In October 2021, the unemployment rate in Uttar Pradesh, according to CMIE, was at 4.2 percent.
This 4.2 percent figure is falsely being appropriated for 2021. In fact it is only CMIE's October 2021 unemployment figure with unemployment rising up during the second wave of the pandemic, at 6.3 percent and 6.9 percent in April and May 2021 respectively, a Boom Live fact check found.