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List of 15 States with Highest Number of Unemployed People

Recently, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the Labor Force Statistics: Unemployment and Underemployment Report for the fourth quarter of the year 2020.

As expected, Nigerians were outraged when the report indicated that the country’s unemployment rate has jumped from about 27% in the second quarter of 2020 to 33% in the last quarter of the year.

In this piece, I am looking at the breakdown of the unemployment data at the subnational level, that is, at the state level. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo credit: Twitter/@jidesanwoolu

The piece specifically provides a list of top 15 states with the highest unemployed people. Meanwhile, before you check the list, it is important to understand the NBS’ definition of the unemployed.

According to the statistics agency, unemployed Nigerians are those without a job and those who work less than 20 hours weekly.

The list below:

  1. Lagos state: 1.85 million (1,846,604)

  2. Rivers state: 1.64 million (1,638,921)

  3. Akwa Ibom state: 1.26 million (1,262,605)

  4. Kaduna state: 1.11 million (1,111,091)

  5. Imo state: 1.1 million (1,102,525)

  6. Cross River state: 998,203

  7. Anambra state: 951,059

  8. Adamawa state: 899,636

  9. Delta state: 831,481

  10. Abia state: 818,926

  11. Kogi state: 773,198

  12. Kano state: 717,086

  13. Edo state: 709,099

  14. Niger state: 666,164

  15. FCT Abuja: 663,931

The governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emannuel. Photo credit: @MrUdomEmmanuel

Note, however, that the number of unemployed people in a state does not accurately capture the status of unemployment because states have different population figures.

Unemployment rate is the data that captures the status of unemployment in a state or country, as the case may be.

For instance, the top three states with the worst unemployment record are Imo, Adamawa and Cross River. Imo state has 56.64% unemployment rate followed by Adamawa state with 54.89% and Cross Rivers state with 53.65%.


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