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FEMALE LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION

The labour force participation rate is a measure of the active portion of an economy's labour force. It refers to the number of people who are either employed or are actively looking for work. Globally only 50 per cent of women of working age are in the labour force, compared to 77 per cent of men. The gender gap in labour force participation remains especially large in Northern Africa, Western Asia and Southern Asia.

In Nigeria there are notable variations in the proportion of women participating in the labour force by place of residence and by zone. Urban women are slightly more likely to participate than rural women. Participation is highest in the South West zone, especially in Ogun, where the labour force participation rate is 82 percent as compared to 58 percent of women in the nation’s capital (FCT-Abuja). Women in Yobe and Borno are least likely to be currently involved in the labour market (34 percent and 29 percent, respectively).
2016 MIND THE GAP REPORT RANKINGS FOR FEMALE LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION



RANK
STATE
FEMALE POPULATION*
PROPORTION OF WOMEN IN LABOUR FORCE*
#1


2,560,351
81.8%
#2


3,361,990
81.5%
#3


4,021,828
81.4%
#4


2,614,598
81%
#5


1,430,758
80.4%
#6


2,492,536
79.5%
#7


5,905,280
74.5%
#8


1,739,725
73.5%
#9


2,560,312
73%
#10


2,271,254
72.9%
#11


2,195,595
70%
#12


1,882,608
69.3%
#13


1,168,191
68.2%
#14


3,695,066
68.1%
#14


1,910,050
68.1%
#16


1,153,744
66.4%
#17


2,306,300
65.4%
#18


1,864,674
65%
#19


1,322,158
64.8%
#20


1,671,845
64.7%
#21


2,608,370
64.5%
#22


1,971,093
64.3%
#23


1,563,951
64.1%
#24


3,654,092
62.7%
#25


2,753,513
60%
#26


2,596,948
58.9%
#27


1,582,919
58.3%
#28


2,714,626
58.1%
#29


5,725,807
57.4%
#30


1,891,333
57.1%
#31


2,586,400
55.8%
#32


2,990,947
54.6%
#33


1,871,180
53.2%
#34


1,390,123
50.7%
#35


2,138,995
47.2%
#36


1,357,355
33.5%
#37


2,756,631
29.7%


* - 2015 Estimates



Source:
National Bureau of Statistics
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program
Kingmakers.com.ng Calculations



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