According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK – TurkStat), Turkey’s unemployment rate fell to 14.1% in March 2019 from 14.7% recorded in the previous two months, the highest monthly rate since it hit 14% in 2009 following the global financial crisis. The figure for the month of March of the previous year was 10.1%. The rate for March 2019 comprises all those of 15 years of age and above, and represents a total figure of unemployed of 4,544,000, an increase of 1,334,000 on the figure for the same month of the previous year.
The unemployment rate for people aged between 15 and 64 was given as 14.3%, the estimated unemployment rate for those outside agriculture was given as 16.1%, and the unemployment rate among the young, which comprises of people aged between 15 and 24, was given as 25.2% in March 2019.
The number of people in the workforce in March 2019 was 27,795 thousand people, some 704 thousand lower than the same month of the previous year. This labour force total was 45.4% of the employable population.
The currently high rate in unemployment is as a result of the on-going economic crisis in Turkey. This figure can be expected to continue to rise significantly in the coming months