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Turkey's unemployment rate at 11.2% in December 2021

Turkey's unemployment rate at 11.2% in December 2021

The number of unemployed aged 15 and over rises by 2,000 month-on-month.
10.02.2022 - 15:55

Unemployment in Turkey reached 11.2% last December, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said on Thursday.

The reading was down 0.1 percentage point from November's revised data, TurkStat said in a statement.


The number of unemployed age 15 and over rose by 2,000 month-on-month in December 2021 to 3.8 million. In December 2020, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.7%, TurkStat data showed.

During the same period, employment climbed 0.3 percentage point to 47%, or 30.1 million people. Some 33.9 million people made up the labor force in December, a rise of 238,000 people from the previous month.

The labor force participation rate stood at 52.9% in the month, up 0.3 percentage point from November.


The report said the number of women participating in the workforce also climbed 0.3 percentage points month-on-month to 34.5%.

In 2021, Turkey saw its highest unemployment rate in April, with 13.4%, while the lowest was in June, with 10.6%.

Broken down by sector, some 55.4% of people were employed in services, 21.7% in industry, 16.8% in agriculture, and 6% in construction, it noted.