Unemployment rate in Turkey reaches 17.6 percent

The number of unemployed in Turkey is approximately 6 million, according to a report prepared by the research institute of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey
Friday, 16 February 2018 18:41

The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey Research Institute (DİSK-AR published a report that shows that there approximately 6 million unemployed people in Turkey. This stands in stark contrast to the official unemployment rate recently announced by the state-owned Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).

According to TurkStat’s data, the unemployment rate in Turkey is 10.3 percent. Yet, DİSK-AR’s report indicates that there are 5 million 981 thousand unemployed people in Turkey, equaling 17.6 percent.

DİSK-AR’s report also shows that the youth unemployment rate in Turkey is 19.3 percent, while the unemployment rate of women is 13.4 percent.

According to the report, the unemployment rate for young women is 25 percent, and the non-agricultural unemployment for young women is 29.9 percent. The rate of unemployed people who graduated from a higher education institution is 12.2 percent. In addition to these, the rate of young people neither in employment nor in education and training is calculated as 22.9 percent in Turkey.

According to the Social Security Institution (SSI)’s data, the number of compulsory insurant increased to 1 million 202 thousand, while the number of interns and trainees is 1 million 160 thousand (as of November 2017).

The Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) had announced on February 14 that 10.197 unemployed engineers in Turkey applied to the agency to find jobs.

In the recent period, many Turkish unemployed citizens have attempted to set themselves on fire because of unemployment, heavy debts and financial difficulties.