The Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK - TurkStat) has announced the unemployment rate, comprising all those of 15 years of age and over, for March 2021 as 13.1%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points on the previous month. Total unemployed was given as 4,236 thousand people, an increase of 59 thousand on the previous month. The unemployment rate in March 2021 for those outside agriculture was given as 14.9%, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points on the previous month, and the unemployment rate among the young, which comprises of people aged between 15 and 24, was given as 25%, a decrease of 0.7 percentage points on the previous month.
The number of people in the workforce in March 2021 was 28,089 thousand people, some 550 thousand higher than the figure of the previous month. This labour force total was 44.3% of the total population over 15 years of age, 0.8 percentage points higher than the previous month. The number of workers available for work in March 2021 is 32,325 thousand, 51% of the total population over 15 years of age, 0.9 percentage points higher than the previous month.
There is much criticism of TurkStat’s calculation of employment statistics and the recent revision of the calculation method at the beginning of the year only makes comparative studies harder and only adds to the scepticism about the accuracy of these official statistics.