Unemployment rate realized as 11.7%
The number of unemployed persons aged 15 years old and over increased by 619 thousand to 3 million 642 thousand persons in the period of March 2017 in Turkey compared with the same period of the previous year. The unemployment rate was 11.7% with 1.6 percentage point increase. In the same period, non-agricultural unemployment rate was 13.7% with 1.8 percentage point increase. While youth unemployment rate including persons aged 15-24 was 21.4% with 4.4 percentage point increase, the unemployment rate for persons aged 15-64 occurred as 12% with 1.7 percentage point increase.
Employment rate realized as 46.1%
The number of employed persons rose by 496 thousand to 27 million 489 thousand persons in the period of March 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year. The employment rate occurred unchanged as 46.1%.
The number of agricultural employment decreased by 8 thousand persons and the number of non-agricultural employment increased by 503 thousand persons in this period. According to the distribution of employment by sector; 18.5% was employed in agriculture, 19.4% was in industry, 7.3% was in construction and 54.8% was in services. Employment in agriculture decreased by 0.4 percentage point and industry decreased by 0.2 percentage point while construction increased by 0.2 percentage point and services increased by 0.4 percentage point.
Labour force participation rate realized as 52.2%
The number of persons in the labour force amounted 31 million 131 thousand persons with 1 million 115 thousand persons increase in the period of March 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year. Labour force participation rate (LFPR) was 52.2% with 0.9 percentage point increase. LFPR for male was 71.9% with 0.4 percentage point increase and the rate for female was 32.9% with 1.3 percentage point increase compared with the same period of the previous year.
Non-seasonally adjusted main labour force indicators, March 2016, March 2017
The rate of unregistered employment realized as 33.1%
The ratio of persons working without any social security relating to the main job occurred 33.1% with 0.2 percentage point increase in the period of March 2017 compared with the same period of the previous year.
Seasonally adjusted employed increased and unemployed decreased
Seasonally adjusted employed persons increased by 115 thousand persons and occured 27 million 805 thousand persons compared with the previous period. Seasonally adjusted employment rate occurred 46.6% with 0.1 percentage point increase.
The number of seasonally adjusted unemployed persons decreased by 34 thousand to 3 million 629 thousand persons in the period of March 2017 compared with the previous period. The unemployment rate was 11.5% with 0.2 percentage point decrease.
Seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate was 52.7% with 0.1 percentage point increase compared with the previous period. According to the number of employment by sector, employment in agriculture decreased by 105 thousand persons while industry increased by 95 thousand persons, construction increased by 61 thousand persons and services increased by 64 thousand persons.
Seasonally adjusted main labour force indicators, March 2016 - March 2017
The next release on this subject will be on July 17, 2017.
In the period of March 2017, results published in this press release includes 5th
weeks period including February, March and April 2017.