Turkey's unemployment rate falls 0.2 pct in January

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 15.04.2016 11:11
Updated 15.04.2016 11:16
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Unemployment in Turkey fell 0.2 percentage points this January from a year earlier, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said in a statement Friday.

The unemployment rate was 11.1 percent in January, down 0.2 percent year-on-year, the statement said.

However, the number of unemployed persons aged 15 years old and over rose to 3.29 million in January, an increase of 31,000 from the previous year due to the ever-rising labor force participation rate.

The labor force numbered 29.57 million, meaning that 852,000 more people participated in the labor force and started to look for a job in January from a year earlier.

The labor force participation rate (LFPR) was 50.7 percent, a 0.7 percentage point increase.

The rate for men was 70.8 percent, showing a 0.3 percentage point rise, and 31 percent for women, showing a 1.1 percentage point rise, both-year-on-year, suggesting that more women are looking for jobs.

Youth unemployment also fell to 19.2 percent in January, down 0.8 percent from a year earlier.

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