Department of Sociology
Niger Delta University
Wilberforce Island
Yenagoa, Nigeria.

The scourge of poverty, unemployment and economic inequality is not only a Nigerian problem but a global phenomenon that affects over four billion people in the world. Poverty is a social problem in which a country or her people are faced with cultural, social, political, economic and environmental deprivations. Unemployment is “a state of being out of work” and applies to persons who are normally members of the labour force, who are able and willing to work but cannot find jobs. Economic inequality could be described on the basis of the unequal distribution of income or wealth, is frequently studied type of social inequality. The study is conducted in the Niger Delta region which is in the South-South geo-political zone of Nigeria. The research design adopted for this study is the cross-sectional survey method. To ensure that the six (6) states that constitutes the Niger Delta region and their communities were truly representative of the population. The stratified random sampling and purposive sampling methods were adopted. The researcher used 1,200 questionnaires copies which is the major instrument for collection of data for this study. The researcher adopted both qualitative and quantitative techniques for data analysis. It is found out that the scourge of poverty, unemployment and economic inequality are antithetical to economic growth in Nigeria and the Nigerian government should give expression to poverty alleviation objectives in national development plans. 

Keywords: Poverty, unemployment, economic inequality and economic growth.

International Journal of Labour and Organizational Psychology Vol.10 No. 1&2
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