Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate by States for Q3 2018

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  • Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate by States for Q3 2018

The National Bureau of Statistics released a break down of Nigeria’s unemployment rate by states for the third quarter of 2018.

Nigeria’s unemployment rate during the quarter stood at 23.1 percent, while youths unemployment and underemployment rate was put at 55.4 percent. National underemployment rate was 20.1 percent in Q3 2018.

Below is a comprehensive list of the total number of unemployed people in each of the 36 states in Nigeria. The total population of the workforce, the percentage of the workforce that is unemployed and those underemployed in each state.

 State Labour Force Population Total Unemployed Unemployment % Under Employment Rate %
ABIA      2,023,768 639,714 31.6 16.4
ADAMAWA      1,588,278 331,046 20.8 24.8
AKWA-IBOM      3,599,981 1,357,754 37.7 20.1
ANAMBRA      3,251,915 568,233 17.5 17.6
BAUCHI      2,122,724 498,601 23.5 23.6
BAYELSA      1,362,014 443,437 32.6 17.2
BENUE      2,777,485 559,255 20.1 25.0
BORNO      2,468,890 775,063 31.4 25.5
CROSS RIVER      1,936,998 593,387 30.6 19.9
DELTA      3,120,370 791,285 25.4 17.9
EBONYI      1,528,582 322,899 21.1 19.7
EDO      2,095,235 525,754 25.1 18.4
EKITI      1,770,459 357,500 20.2 14.0
ENUGU      2,467,332 460,462 18.7 17.7
GOMBE         995,947 268,891 27.0 23.7
IMO      3,123,271 880,351 28.2 15.1
JIGAWA      1,553,870 411,927 26.5 38.1
KADUNA      3,504,777 940,480 26.8 31.0
KANO      4,022,761 1,257,130 31.3 24.3
KATSINA      1,799,855 257,837 14.3 39.5
KEBBI      1,556,976 313,044 20.1 16.9
KOGI      2,463,102 485,653 19.7 24.8
KWARA      1,612,476 340,667 21.1 21.4
LAGOS      7,478,256 1,088,352 14.6 12.4
NASARAWA      1,366,207 374,211 27.4 24.3
NIGER      1,917,790 399,885 20.9 26.9
OGUN      3,116,782 511,277 16.4 10.9
ONDO      2,502,482 356,263 14.2 17.5
OSUN      2,466,519 248,316 10.1 14.6
OYO      4,032,123 416,830 10.3 14.3
PLATEAU      2,084,700 620,815 29.8 21.8
RIVERS      4,601,135 1,673,991 36.4 21.7
SOKOTO      1,672,920 435,702 26.0 26.6
TARABA      2,207,684 418,905 19.0 9.0
YOBE      1,113,650 322,466 29.0 30.0
ZAMFARA      1,427,042 256,517 18.0 23.0
zFCT      1,736,235 423,749 24.4 16.0
Nigeria  90,470,592  20,927,648  23.1  20.1

Katsina has the lowest unemployment rate (14.3%) during the quarter, followed by Lagos (14.6%). The highest number of unemployed people was recorded in Akwa Ibom state (37.7%), closely trailed by Rivers (36.4%).

About the Author

Samed Olukoya
CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya; Email: samed@investorsking.com.

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