Employment is an activity in which one engages in or is employed which allows one to afford the basic things of life examples are shelter, good health services, education, etc. It can also be defined as an occupation by which a person earns a living.
people can either be employed by the government, private individuals or be self-employed. Employment is important alleviating poverty as this determines the state of the economy of a nation and its tendency to develop among the comity of nations.
       The importance of employment in alleviating the poverty level of a country are as follows;
ACQUISITION OF SKILLS: This is one of the importance of employment in alleviating poverty. Skills is the ability to do something well, gained through training or experience. Employment affords individuals the opportunity to learn various skills like hairdressing, tailoring, carpentry, catering, etc. which will enable them become self-reliant and self-positive. This in turn will help reduce if not completely alleviate poverty.
CREATION OF INDUSTRY: The increase in the level of employment will bring about a direct increase in the number of industries. This will lead to foreign investment and creation of more industries, thus enhancing development.
NATIONAL IDENTITY: When the people of a society are gainfully employed, they are able to demonstrate their love for the government, support for government programes and political apathy will be reduced. This in turn will contribute to the wealth of a nation and people will be interested in working hard for the progress of their nation.
EQUAL RIGHT FOR BOTH SEXES IN THE WORK PLACE: Where there is equality in the remuneration of workers of both sexes, then the level of poverty amongst a particular sex, especially the women, will be reduced.