A recent report from Nigeria’s National National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown a really high-energy rate of unemployment in the last quarter, which isn’t exactly a surprise.
This report, released on Monday by the Bureau of Statistics showed that 23.2 million of 69.7 million Nigerians in the labour market were jobless.
The figures contained in the Labor Force Statistics: Unemployment and Underemployment Report, “The number of persons in the labour force (that is, people within ages 15-64, who are able and willing to work) was estimated to be 69,675,468.
“This was 13.22 per cent less than the number of persons in Q2, 2020. Of this number, those within the age bracket of 25-34 were highest, with 20,091,695 or 28.34 per cent of the labour force.
“This is the estimated number of persons within the economically-active population or working population that are available and willing to work. This implies that as of Q4 2020, only 57.09 per cent of Nigeria’s economically-active population is in the labour force.”
As shown by the report, the unemployment rate among rural dwellers was 34.5 per cent while urban dwellers were 31.3 per cent. Whilst in the case of underemployment, rural dwellers reported a rate of 26.9 per cent while the rate among urban dwellers was 16.2 per cent.
Female unemployment was highest among the genders with 35.2 per cent while that of the male was 31.8 per cent during the reference period. The trend is the same for underemployment where 24.2 per cent was reported for females as against males’ 21.8 per cent.
The report further showed that when considered by educational status, those reporting A ‘levels as their highest qualification had the highest rate of unemployment at 50.7 per cent, followed by those with first degree/HND at 40.1 per cent. Those with Doctorate Degrees as their highest qualifications reported the lowest rate of unemployment, 16.9 per cent during the reference period.
The youth between 24 and 35 years were the worst hit because 7.5 million or 37 per cent of the number of the demographic group in the labour market were jobless.