A recent data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has ranked Enugu State among states with the best job creation profile in the country.
The NBS report listed Enugu as one of only nine states that recorded a reduction in their unemployment rates between the third quarter of 2017 and corresponding period in 2018.
These nine states include Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo and Rivers.
Such impressive feat occurred, according to the NBS report, “despite an increase in the national unemployment rate”.
The report also indicated the six states that recorded the highest net gains in full-time employment between the third quarter and second quarter of 2017 and 2018. These are Lagos State which added 740,146 net full-time jobs; Rivers (235,438); Imo (197,147); Ondo (142,514); Enugu (122,333); and Kaduna with a net job gain of 118,929.
Coming just a few months after a World Bank report ranked Enugu State as the third-best state to start a new business in Nigeria, the NBS report is further proof that Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s vision to make Enugu State a major economic hub is yielding dividends.
The World Bank Doing Business in Nigeria 2018 report had put Enugu only behind the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and Lagos.
The report, the fourth since the World Bank’s launch of the sub-national series on Nigeria, analysed business regulations in four areas namely, Starting a Business, Dealing with Construction Permits, Registering Property, and Enforcing Contracts.
It added that “while no state performs well across all areas benchmarked, Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Lagos and Anambra made the biggest strides in improving their business regulations”.