According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), 4.58 million Nigerians have lost their jobs since President Muhammadu Buhari came into office.
The NBS disclosed that 2.6 million Nigerians became unemployed within the first and second quarter of 2016.
It also revealed that 1.46 million Nigerians became unemployed in the third quarter of 2015, while another 518,102 became unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The details were contained in the agency’s second quarter unemployment and underemployment report which was released on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
The report reads:
“During the reference period, the number of unemployed in the labor force increased by 1,158,700 persons, resulting in an increase in the national unemployment rate to 13.3% in Q2 2016 from 12.1 in Q1 2016, 10.4% in Q4 2015 from 9.9% in Q3 2015 and from 8.2% in Q2 2015.”
“In view of this, there were a total of 26.06 million persons in the Nigerian labor force in Q2 2016, that were either unemployed or underemployed compared to compared to 24.5 million in Q1 2016 and 22.6 million in Q4 2015.”
“The number of underemployed in the labor force (those working but doing menial jobs not commensurate with their qualifications or those not engaged in full-time work and merely working for few hours) increased by 392,390 or 2.61%, resulting in an increase in the underemployment rate to 19.3 % (15.4million persons) in Q2 2016 from 19.1% (15,02 million persons) in Q1 2016, 18.7% (14.42 million persons) in Q4 2015, from 17.4% (13.2 million persons) in Q3 2015 and 18.3% (13.5 million persons) in Q2 2015.”
Buhari was sworn into office on May 29, 2015.