Jonathan Generated Nearly Half A Million Jobs - NBS

Nigeria generated nearly half a million job in the first quarter of 2015, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday in its new report.

The report said between January and March, 469,070 jobs were created in all sectors of the economy.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan was office during the period covered by the report.

The former government triggered controversy after it claimed to have created 1.2 million jobs in 2013.

Many Nigerians rejected that claim, citing the scale of poverty and unemployment in the country.
Critics challenged the government to provide details of new jobs, and to explain why the huge number rate of employment had an insignificant impact on the job market.

In May, the bureau of statistics announced a revised protocol for calculating unemployment rate, concluding that the percentage of unemployed Nigerians stood at about six per cent, against the previous 23.9 per cent.

The new figure was also widely rejected.

The National Bureau of Statistics said its assessment shows 469,070 jobs were created in the economy during the first quarter, with the informal sector yielding 332,403 new jobs as the most active.

Total jobs created for the period, the report said, increased by 99,585 (about 26.95%) over 369,485 jobs in the 4th quarter of 2014.


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