May 29, 2022
The 5 states in Nigeria with the most jobs

The 5 states in Nigeria with the most jobs


What state has the most jobs in Nigeria? The answer might surprise you—it wasn’t one of the four states you’d automatically think of as having lots of jobs (Abia, Anambra, Lagos and Rivers). The fifth most populous state in Nigeria, Oyo State, was actually the place with the most jobs! Read on to find out how many jobs are available in each of the top five states…

How to get a Job in Nigeria
Getting a job can be one of your top priorities. If you find yourself in dire need of work and do not have an income, job hunting is essential to getting back on your feet and reestablishing financial security. To start out on a positive note, let’s take a look at some things you should consider before applying for any position. Remember that these tips are important whether you are seeking employment in a company or working independently as a freelancer. Also, keep in mind that it is always wise to follow up with potential employers after submitting your resume or cover letter; they may still be reviewing applications and will appreciate hearing from you! Good luck!

1) Lagos
Lagos State is a coastal state of Nigeria located in its Western Region. This state is heavily populated and has, by far, more cities than any other state in Nigeria. As such, it’s no surprise that Lagos has over 14% of all formal employment opportunities available to Nigerians. Even though it might be a crowded space to operate in, there are plenty of jobs to go around if you know where to look. If you’re looking for a job in Lagos, consider these top industries: Trade (18%), Manufacturing (13%), Construction (11%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (9%) and Public Administration & Defence (8%). The average annual income in Lagos is $3,000 USD. With its busy streets and high cost of living, however, many people find themselves struggling to make ends meet on their salary alone; thus informal work can often become necessary.

2) Rivers
Rivers State is by far one of the biggest employers in Nigeria. It is home to numerous oil refineries and industrial plants. Its wide array of businesses employ more than a quarter of its population, which stood at 6,634,598 at last count. The state is also host to a number of multinational corporations, including Chevron Energy Solutions Ltd., Total SA and Saipem SpA. It also has some subsidiaries of international conglomerates like IBM Corp., Microsoft Corporation and Dell Incorporated. Other notable companies include Puma Energy Holdings Limited, First Bank of Nigeria Plc and Cadbury Nigeria Plc. These companies have helped create an employment-friendly environment that attracts workers from all over Africa’s largest economy. Indeed, it is common to see people from other parts of Nigeria moving into Rivers State for better job opportunities.

3) Oyo
It’s no secret that Ibadan, Oyo state is one of, if not the most popular place to start a career in Nigeria. The state capital boasts a large number of multinational companies and Nigerian-owned corporations (Nigerian Business Corporation), and according to Economic Confidential Magazine’s June 2015 edition, it has more companies than any other state. Additionally, many graduates from Obafemi Awolowo University choose to stay in Oyo after graduation because of its high concentration of job opportunities.

4) Kano
Kano is home to some of Nigeria’s biggest corporations, including manufacturing giants such as Heineken and Cadbury, both of which have facilities there. The state government is also very generous when it comes to funding infrastructure projects, so it’s become a major trade center, with an estimated 40 percent of businesses operating in Kano being involved in import/export. And let’s not forget about agriculture: Kano has more than 500,000 hectares of land under cultivation! That makes it one of Nigeria’s largest agricultural producers. If you want to work in Kano, you can choose from a wide range of careers; everything from engineering and construction to banking and education is available here. There are even opportunities for those looking for teaching positions at one of Kano’s many universities or schools.

5) Akwa Ibom
As at 2011, Akwa Ibom had an unemployment rate of 3.2% and a job availability rate of 65%. Job seekers outnumber job vacancies by approximately 1.3 times. There is also a large expatriate community in Akwa Ibom, which may account for some of its job availability. Additionally, major oil companies such as Chevron have operational centers in Uyo, further adding to employment opportunities. According to estimates from 2010, about 33% of residents work in agriculture, 29% work in trade or manufacturing, 25% work in education and health services, 6% work in other services (including government), and 4% are employed by oil-related industries. The majority of Akwa Ibom’s workers are not formally employed; rather they are self-employed or casual laborers. This means that they do not receive benefits such as paid vacation time or pensions that their formally employed counterparts do.

In order to find a job, it is important to know where you want to work. By looking at statistics from 2016, we can get an idea of which states are more likely to offer employment opportunities. In 2016, a person living in Abuja had about 4 different employment opportunities for every 10 people looking for work. This comes out to about 40% of all available jobs nationwide.

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