Nigeria records 21.8 million jobless people after Covid-19 effects

In this file photo taken on September 4, 2019, regular motorcycle taxis, locally known as an okada, queue for passengers in Lagos, Nigeria. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) put the figure of unemployed Nigerians at 21,764,617 as at the end of June.

Photo credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) put the figure of unemployed Nigerians at 21,764,617 as at the end of June as the country’s covid-19 cases almost hit 50,000. 
  • The unemployment rate during the period in reference represented a 27.1 per cent rise from the 23.1 per cent recorded in the third quarter of 2018. 
  • According to the report, the total number of people in employment during the reference period was 58,527,276. 
  • The statistic of those employed showed a 15.8 per cent reduction in employment in the third quarter of 2020. 

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