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A Multiplicative Seasonal Arima Model for Nigerian Unemployment Rates

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Time series analysis of Nigerian Unemployment Rates is done. The data used is monthly from 1948 to 2008. The time plot reveals a slightly positive trend with no clear seasonality. A multiplicative seasonal model is suggestive given seasonality that typically tends to increase with time. Seasonal differencing once produced a series with no trend nor discernible stationarity. A non-seasonal differencing of the seasonal differences yielded a series with no trend but with a correlogram revealing stationarity of order 12, a nonseasonal autoregressive component of order 3 and a seasonal moving average component of order 1. A multiplicative seasonal autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model, (3, 1, 0)x(0, 1, 1)12, is fitted to the series. It has been shown to be adequate.


The Bulletin of Society for Mathematical Services and Standards (Volume 3)
E. H. Etuk, "A Multiplicative Seasonal Arima Model for Nigerian Unemployment Rates", The Bulletin of Society for Mathematical Services and Standards, Vol. 3, pp. 46-53, 2012
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