Agricultural sector performance and job creation in Nigeria
Unemployment is a serious issue in Nigeria today. It is generally believed that the agricultural sector has the potential to create jobs and hence, reduce the level of unemployment in the country. This study, therefore, examined the impact of agricultural sector performance on job creation in Nigeria. Specifically, the study examined the impact of crop production output, livestock output, fishery output and forestry output on the unemployment rate in Nigeria. Annual time-series data from 1981 to 2019 were used for the study. The data were obtained from secondary sources. The Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) approach was used in estimating the data. The findings indicated that crop production output significantly reduces unemployment in Nigeria while livestock and fishery outputs have weak reducing effect on unemployment in Nigeria. Also, forestry output insignificantly stimulates unemployment in Nigeria. Among other things, it is recommended that government should support farmers with subsidized inputs and improved varieties of crops.