Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 2 (6), pp. 230-236, December 2012
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 Greener Journals
Discriminant Analysis of Rural Households Unemployment status in Imo State, Nigeria
Department of Agricultural Economics, Federal
P.M.B 1526 Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
E-mail: dohajianya @ yahoo.com
This study analyzed the household unemployment rate in Imo State. Data were collected with validated questionnaire from 540 proportionately and randomly sampled rural households in Imo state. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Discriminant function model. The household unemployment rate in Imo state was found to be 61.4% , therefore the households in Imo state are categorized as unemployed households. About 71% of the household members were frictionally unemployed. Determinants of household unemployment rate were found to be wage rate in non-paid employment, dependents, socioeconomic status, level of education, type of Occupation, health status, and frequency of use of information sources on jobs. The most significant discriminator of unemployed households is education.
Key words: Discriminant Analysis, Households, Unemployment Rate, Imo state