7.5m Nigerians jobless since 2016 – NBS

About 7.5 million Nigerians have been without jobs between January 2016 and December 30, 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed.

This was contained in its “Labour Force Statistics Vol. 2: Employment by Sector Report,” which was released recently in Abuja.

According to the report, 77.55 million of the country’s population were actively engaged in some sort of economic activities for at least an hour a week out of the total labour population of 85.1 million.

It further states that 8.46 million were engaged between 1-19 hours; 18.02 million were engaged between 20-39 hours; while 51.06 million got engaged above 40 hours as reflected in the third quarter of 2017 (Q3), while 7.53 million were doing absolutely nothing.

In addition, The NBS report shows that among the 77.55 million labour population who were engaged in some extent of economic activity, 38.24% of them or 29.66 million were self-employed and were engaged in farming/agriculture, and 27,93% or 21.66 million were self-employed in non- farming/agriculture sectors.

“A total of 19.72 million were working for pay or wage, which was equivalent to 25.42% of the total workers in 2017 Q3. Paid apprentices and unpaid house workers constituted 7.30% and 1.11% of the total working force engaged for at last one hour a week.

The bureau stressed that a total employed (full time employed and underemployed which is 20 and above working hours a week) of 69.09 million, 17.88 million or 25.88% work for pay/ wage, 45.47 million or 65.82% are self-employed working in agriculture (25.47 million or 36.87%) and non-agriculture related activities (20.0 million or 28.95%), 779,002 or 1.13% are paid apprentice and 4.95 million or 7.17% are unpaid houseworkers.



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