ECONOMICS > Turkish unemployment drops to 9.9 percent: official survey

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Turkish unemployment declined to 9.9 percent of the workforce in the three months from February to April, from 10.8 percent in the same period in 2011, official data showed on Friday.
The number of unemployed people fell by 201,000 to reach 2.615 million on a 12-month comparison, the statistics institute said on the basis of a survey of 97,121 people.
Turkey's economy staged a spectacular recovery from the global crisis, growing by 8.9 percent in 2010 and by 8.5 percent in 2011.

This year however, Ankara expects four-percent growth, indicating a sharp slowdown owing to the effects of the eurozone debt crisis.
Unemployment remains a major challenge for the government in a country where many young people enter the workforce each year.
Turkey's jobless rate is determined through household surveys across the country which are then used to make a nationwide three-month projection.
But experts say the figures do not reflect the overall picture because of widespread undeclared or hidden unemployment, or the employment of educated, qualified people in menial jobs.


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Carmen Kama

6/16/2012 2:37:55 PM

First of all I live in Turkey for the past 6 years and it also shows that you both eighter employees or retired and you do not deal with University leavers like I do. I know Turkish are hard workers very well but is appliess more for non University goers. So Osman Bey you shoul deal with the work interviews I deal with ..... buy the way you do not know what they come up with when you tell them Cep tel yasak !!!

Selim Bisevac

6/16/2012 2:09:30 PM

Great work Turkey , the EU should take note on how to manage an economy. Powerful growth through great efforts of a great people.

Turk Uzan

6/16/2012 12:41:55 AM

Haha, Carmen that's kind of ridiculous, not everyone can afford to not work. Turks are very hard workers. In fact Turkish workers build German, Dutch etc. Economies for a big part. "P.s" It's University I can say this a million times, the government should invest heavily in the defense industry, it will create thousands of jobs and a huge amount of revenue. Much of our economic success right now is due to AKP's heavy investing in the Turkish defense sector

Osman Ozturk

6/15/2012 7:58:02 PM

Carmen Kama - Turks are hard workers, always have been, I do not doubt this survery, you should maybe visit Turkiye and see for yourself.

Carmen Kama

6/15/2012 11:46:08 AM

Turkish unemployment declined !!! you must be joking .... this servey is verry wrong . as the new young people do not enter the workforce each year , they are escaping WORK but instead they enroll in another Univercity or open Univercity or go abroad for more education to escape work and the parents are all buying this !!! I know all this very well as I meet this every day..
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