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Unemployment Rate Soars In 27 States As Lagos Leads In Jobs Creation

Unemployment Rates Soar In 27 Stats As Lagos Adds 170,146 Jobs



With the creation of 740, 146 jobs, Lagos State emerged the highest in job creation in the period between July 2017 and June 2018, a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed.

The survey also showed that only nine states were able to reduce unemployment and underemployment rates in the same period. The contrary was the case in 27 states of the federation where unemployment rates increased.

The states include Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo and Rivers, while six States also recorded the highest gains in net full-time employment between Q3 2017 and Q2 2018.

The said States are Lagos which added a total of 740,146 net full-time jobs; Rivers (235,438); Imo (197,147); Ondo (142,514); Enugu (122,333); and Kaduna (118,929).

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, people often move from state to state seeking job opportunities.

This, it said, could create a false impression of the status of States at a particular time by reducing the unemployment figures in some States and increasing it in other States.

“States with a higher propensity for women to be housewives or stay home husbands or that have negative attitudes to working tend to have lower unemployment rates, as they are not considered part of the labour force in the first place.

“These States tend to have a higher proportion of their economically active population outside the labour force thereby reducing the number looking for work and hence the number that can be unemployed,” the report read in part.

Also, out of the five States with highest unemployed population, Lagos State recorded the lowest rate of 14.6% during the period under reference.

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