NEWS Human Resources        16/07/2019

Turkey’s unemployment rate falls further to 13% in April 2019

According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK – TurkStat), Turkey’s unemployment rate fell further to 13% in April 2019, down from 14.1% in March 2019 and 14.7% in January and February 2019, the latter being the highest monthly rate since it hit 14% in 2009 following the global financial crisis. The figure for the month of April of the previous year was 9.6%. The rate for April 2019 comprises all those of 15 years of age and above, and represents a total figure of unemployed of 4,202,000, an increase of 1,116,000 on the figure for the same month of the previous year.

 

The unemployment rate for people aged between 15 and 64 was given as 13.3%, the estimated unemployment rate for those outside agriculture was given as 15%, and the unemployment rate among the young, which comprises of people aged between 15 and 24, was given as 23.2% in April 2019.

 

The number of people in the workforce in April 2019 was 28,199 thousand people, some 810 thousand lower than the same month of the previous year. This labour force total was 46% of the employable population.

 

The currently high rate in unemployment is as a result of the on-going economic crisis in Turkey. The fall in April is largely due to the start of the tourism season, when seasonal work substantially contributes  to overall employment.

 



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