In its latest Nigeria Development Update, the World Bank revealed that 24 million Nigerians had been pushed below the poverty line in 5 years – between 2018 and 2023. In tandem, poverty rate in the country has increased to 46 percent in 2023 compared to 40 percent recorded in 2018 with the number of poor people also rising from 79 million in 2018 to 104 million in 2023, a 31.6 percent increase. A rural-urban comparison shows that a larger proportion of poor people reside in rural areas standing at 84 million compared with 20 million poor people residing in urban areas. The increase in poverty rates is attributed to rising inflation, slow economic growth, and a high population growth rate
January 4, 2024
Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 49)
Recent data on Nigerias labour market points to a rise in the rate of unemployment and underemployment in 2015Q4. Specifically, compared to 2015Q3, the rate of unemployment and underemployment rose to 10.4 per cent and 18.7 per cent from 9.9 percent and 17.4 percent respectively. These statistics however masks the true situation of the youth employment in Nigeria. Disaggregated data by age category shows that unemployment and underemployment within the youth age category (15-24) was remarkably higher than the national average, at 19 and 34.5 per cent respectively.