The National Bureau of Statistics has stated that the number of unemployed people in Nigeria increased from 17.6 million in Q4 2017 to 20.9 million in Q3 2018. In this periodic report titled ‘Labour Force Statistics – Volume 1: Summary’, NBS explained that this means they did nothing at all or worked too few hours (under 20 hours a week) to be classified as employed.
The report also stated that the numbers of economically active or working age population (15 – 64 years of age) in Nigeria increased from 111.1 million in the third quarter of 2017 to 115.5million in Q3 2018.
The number of persons in the labour force (i.e. people who are able and willing to work increased from 75.94 million in Q3 2015 to 80.66 million in Q3 2016 to 85.1 million in Q3,2017 to 90.5million in Q3, 2018.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the National Bureau of Statistics, Dr. Yemi Kale has refuted the allegation that the bureau did not take job creation in the agricultural sector into consideration when producing its job statistics report. A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu had in a television programmer, claimed that the NBS concentrated only o white collar jobs. Dismissing this on his Twitter handle , the DG said, “”I make it very clear that neither the statistician general nor NBS ever made any such admission at anytime to anybody and the unemployment computations does take into account all sectors, age groups and both rural and urban areas.”