Difference Between Open and Disguised Unemployment (Class 10)

For the class 10 students, Sectors of the Indian Economy is considered as an important chapter in Economics.

This article will highlight the key differences between Open and Disguised Unemployment.

But, before proceeding further, I would like to make you familiar with the key terms used in this article.

  • Open Unemployment: Open unemployment refers to the situation when people do not get any kind of work to fulfil their basic needs and remain completely idle.
  • Disguised Unemployment: Disguised unemployment refers to the situation when people are apparently working but all of them are made to work less than their potential for the whole day and earn a little.
Open and Disguised unemployment
Unemployment: Open v/s Disguised

I’ve decided to provide you with the key differences between the Open and Disguised Unemployment and put them all in the tabular format.

Key Differences Between Open and Disguised Unemployment

Open UnemploymentDisguised Unemployment
In this unemployment, individual has no job and unable to earn his livelihood.In this unemployment, individual works at a place where no more people is required .
This is cleary visible to others.This unemployment is hidden.
This unemployment exists among the educated unemployers.This unemployment exists mostly in agriculture sector in rural areas.
People unemployment will afffect the production of goods and services in an economy.People’s unemployment won’t affect the production of goods and services because here is already more workers than required.
In this, person is willing to work but, can’t get work.In this, person is working but, at low wages than their potential.

That’s it.

Final Words

So, that’s all.

All the important differences between Open Unemployment and Disguised Unemployment in Chapter 2 Sectors of the Indian Economy from the NCERT class 10 are listed above in the table format.

If you have any related queries or suggestions, feel free to let me know in the comments right now.


NCERT – Sectors of the Indian Economy


  1. Thank you for this very helpful post dear 🙂

  2. Abhinavvv Tomar says:

    thank u sir , this helps me a lot

    thanx for the clear and cut example

  3. thank you sir it is really helpful for for us

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