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The dynamics of the non-farm economy have been shifting quite dramatically over the period
between 1991 and 2005, showing a very significant impact on the potential for employment in this
whole sector. While urban areas have added large numbers of non-farm (other) workers by 2001,
they have not found regular enterprise jobs, since these very areas have lost hiring capacity by 2005.
The increase in enterprises in rural areas seems to have been able to absorb the smaller increases
in rural workers. This can be extrapolated to mean that urban areas added mostly casual, not
regular, employment in the non-farm sector, and rural workers might have fared better by getting
regular jobs in greater proportion.

Overview of non-farm sector in Urban Maharashtra