Turkey's unemployment rate reached 13.9% in April, up 0.9 percentage points from the previous month, official data showed Thursday.
A seasonally adjusted measure of labor underutilization rose to 27.4% from 25.7% a month earlier, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).
Turkey relaxed coronavirus-related curbs on movement at the start of March in a process of normalization but tightened them again last month after a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The labor underutilization measure had risen in recent months to around a peak touched in May of last year during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In 2020, unemployment was held down by a ban on layoffs that has been extended through the end-June.
The number of unemployed aged 15 and over increased 275,000 month-on-month to 4.5 million in April, the data showed.
The employment rate slipped 0.4 percentage points to 44.2%, or 28.1 million people during the same period.
The labor force participation rate rose 0.1 percentage point in April to 51.3% from a month earlier.
From January the data was presented in a new format in line with international standards.
Some 32.6 million people made up the labor force in April, with an 83,000-person increase compared to the previous month.
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