According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK – TurkStat), Turkey’s unemployment rate increased to 13% in June 2019, up from 12.8% in May 2019. The figure for the month of June of the previous year was 10.2%. The rate for June 2019 comprises all those of 15 years of age and above, and represents a total figure of unemployed of 4,253,000, an increase of 938,000 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 15.3%, and the unemployment rate among the young, which comprises of people aged between 15 and 24, was given as 24.8% in June 2019.
The number of people in the workforce in June 2019 was 28,512 thousand people, some 802 thousand lower than the same month of the previous year. This labour force total was 46.4% of the employable population.
The currently high rate in unemployment is as a result of the on-going economic crisis in Turkey and the contraction in the economy in the second quarter of 2019. The increase in June is despite a successful tourism season and agricultural harvesting. The unemployment rate was recently as high as 14.7% in February 2019 which was the highest monthly rate since it hit 14% in 2009 following the global financial crisis.