The National Bureau of Statistics ( NBS ) said on Friday the country’s labour force increased from 83.9 million in the second quarter of this year to 85.1 million in the third quarter.
The NBS stated this in “Unemployment and Under Employment Report from 1st quarter to third quarter 2017’’ released on Friday in Abuja.
The NBS said the total number of people in full-time employment (at least 40 hours a week) declined from 52.7 million in the second quarter 2017 to 51.1 million in third quarters.
It said the unemployment rate increased from 14.2 per cent in the fourth quarter 2016 to 16.2 per cent in second quarter 2017 and 18.8 per cent in the third quarter.
The number of people who were in unemployment or underemployment categories increased from 13.6 million and 17.7 million respectively in the second quarter 2017, to 15.9 million and 18.0 million in the third quarter 2017.
It said total unemployment and underemployment combined increased from 37.2 per cent in the previous quarter to 40.0 per cent in the third quarter.