The unemployment rate rose by 4 percentage points year-on-year, Turkish Statitical Institute (TurkStat) said.
On a yearly basis, the number of unemployed people aged 15 and older surged 1.33 million to 4.54 million as of March.
"In the same period, the non-agricultural unemployment rate occurred as 16.1% with a 4.2 percentage point increase. While the youth unemployment rate including persons aged 15-24 was 25.2% with a 7.5 percentage point increase, the unemployment rate for persons aged 15-64 occurred as 14.3% with a 4 percentage point increase," according to TurkStat.
In February, the country's unemployment rate was 14.7% with 4.73 million unemployed people aged 15 and above, marking a 4.1 percentage point annual rise.
Official figures revealed that the number of employed people in Turkey amounted to 27.8 million, with some 700,000-fall year-on-year.
"The employment rate occurred as 45.4% with a 1.7 percentage point decrease," the institute said.
"According to the distribution of employment by sector; 17.3% was employed in agriculture, 19.7% was in industry, 5.5% was in construction and 57.4% was in services," it added.
Turkey's labor force climbed 630,000 on a yearly basis, totaling nearly 32.4 million people as of March.
The institute said the labor force participation rate in Turkey was 52.9% in the same month, 71.7% for men and 34.4% for women.
TurkStat also noted that the rate of unregistered employment – people working without social security related to their principal occupation – was 33.9% in March, rising 1.5 percentage points year-on-year.
Last year, the unemployment rate hovered between 9.6% and 13.5%. Since 2014, the highest figures were seen in January and February this year with 14.7%, while the lowest was in May 2014 with 8.8%.
The institute will release its next report on the subject on July 16.
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