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Greener Journal of  Social Sciences Vol. 2 (6), pp. 230-236, December 2012

  ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 GJSS

Research Paper

Manuscript Number:110612235


Discriminant Analysis of Rural Households Unemployment status in Imo State, Nigeria


Ohajianya D.O.


Department of Agricultural Economics, Federal  University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.

P.M.B 1526 Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria


E-mail: dohajianya @


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

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