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One Fifth of Nigeria’s Workforce Lost Jobs Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a fifth of Nigeria’s workforce losing their jobs, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics.

The cuts followed disruptions to supply chains, continuing supply and demand shocks, and a drop in consumer confidence, the agency said in a statement Tuesday, citing a study it conducted with the United Nations Development Programme.

About 60% of the almost 3,000 businesses surveyed reported that one in three of them knew of a company that had permanently closed down because of operational challenges resulting from the pandemic. Four-fifths of enterprises reported decreased production, it said.