Briefing Paper

What Economic Sectors Drive Youth Employment in Nigeria?

The Nigeria economy continues to be plagued with unemployment especially amongst youths with about 29.7% and 25.7% of youths aged between 15-34 years reported in the third quarter of 2018 as been underemployment and unemployment respectively. Limited access to employment opportunities is a key challenge because economic growth does not translate into employment. This jobless growth is due to economic and political crises that has plagued the country for years and which needs to be tackled. Policy-relevant discussions must first identify sectors that have potential for job creation and the conditions required to make them more productive and attractive for investors so as to stimulate and promote decent jobs for youths.