Baseline Survey on Youth Unemployment in Akwa Ibom State


The study methodology consisted of desk reviews of key reference documents, briefing sessions, and interviews with senior government officials in Akwa Ibom State (Ministry of Economic Planning, Education, and Health), Non Governmental Organizations, youths, and chieftains of industry in Akwa Ibom State, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and personal observations in the communities, and most importantly a questionnaire survey. The structured questionnaire was divided into six segments. Section A elicited information on the demographic characteristics of the respondents, section B labour market activity of the respondents, section C unemployment challenges facing the youths, Section D opportunities and challenges facing youths in income generating activities in the State, section E focused on aspirations of youths while section F dwelt on coping mechanisms of the unemployed youths. Information were also obtained from these sources were reviewed, compared and inferences drawn. Charts, tables and percentages were used where necessary to depict the nature and manifestations of unemployment in the States as well as other issues.
Findings show that youths constitute about 37percent of the total population of Akwa Ibom State. The working age population consist of 1,773,449 men and women out of which over 80 percent are youths. Going by the population growth rate of 3.4 percent for Akwa Ibom State, the population of youths may likely double in our life time. This would mean that the share of the working age population would exceed the share of the dependent population the so called demographic dividend provided they are absorbed in productive employment.

Findings also show that in terms of gender there are more males among the youths population in Akwa Ibom than females in all the age groups (15-29 years). In terms of rural urban divide, youth unemployment abound in rural and urban areas in Akwa Ibom State. Based on survey findings more male youths than females are  unemployed in the State.

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