The Employment Organization (İŞKUR) is set to grant travel allowances of between TL 50 ($18.9) and TL 100 to individuals while they travel to job interviews. Currently, there are 1.7 million people registered at İŞKUR waiting to be provided with jobs and to receive social relief from the state. Social relief given to them will not be cut when they start work. Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said the economy continues to create jobs, adding that the size of the labor force increased by 1.7 million over the past year. İŞKUR, which found jobs for just 65,000 individuals in 2002, is providing jobs for millions of young people today. Last year, around 1.4 million new jobs were generated. Applications that are made to İŞKUR have increased with booths established in shopping malls, markets and squares. The number of men and women who were provided with employment in the private sector surged by 50 percent and 33 percent, respectively. İŞKUR set up service points in 970 foundations to provide social assistance and employment. The number of jobs rose to 25.9 million last year from 19.3 million in 2002. As well as investments, sixth-region incentives also increased employment by 200 percent. The Prime Minister's Office formed an effective mechanism in order to quickly fulfill all kinds of demands from the business world, such as accelerating investment processes, obtaining locations and updating incentives.
Around 500,000 vacancies were notified to İŞKUR by companies and around 350,000 people have been moved into employment. While traveling to job interviews, individuals registered with İŞKUR will now be granted a travel allowance and, if they start work, they will be given social assistance worth one-third of the gross minimum wage.
The government's active labor market policies and incentives have contributed greatly to its success in creating employment. This year TL 9.4 billion ($3.5 billion) is estimated to have been allocated to premium incentive applications. The quality of the labor market has also improved. The employment rate rose to 66 percent from 42 percent in 2002.