6 million unemployed in Turkey

'Employment campaign' of the AKP government remained unfilled
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:16

DİSK-AR, the research bureau of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions, published an evaluation report on the unemployment statistics of Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

The report underlined that the 'employment campaign' of the ruling AKP government remained unfilled as the employment rates decelerated. Regardless of the massive incentives regarding employment in 2017, the realised employment rates are fifty per cent below the rates of the previous year, the report revealed.

During the period of April 2015-April 2016, around a million new employment had been created. However, this rate decelerated to 519 thousand during the period of April 2016-April 2017.

While the payroll employment increase was 207 thousand during the period of April 2016-April 2017, it had been  945 thousand in the previous period.

Standard unemployment rates reached the highest level since 2011 with an increase of 10,5 per cent. The standard unemployment of 2017 has reached 5 million 988 thousand. Around 6 million unemployed have lost hope of employment.


Unemployment rates of young females increased 5.6 points compared to the April data of the previous year and rose up to 24,6 per cent. Non-farm female unemployment rose up to 17,3 with 2.5 points increase.

Youth unemployment (ages between 15-24) in April 2017 rose up to 19,8 per cent from 16 per cent. Non-farm youth unemployment, on the other hand, rose up to 22,4 per cent with 4.2 points increase.