The unemployment rate in Turkey eased to 13.2 percent in May of 2021 from a nine-month high of 13.8 percent in the prior month, despite authorities imposed a full lockdown in the first half of May to curb a spike in Covid-19 infections. The number of unemployed decreased by 265 thousand to 4.237 million while employment fell by 216 thousand to 27.844 million. Job losses occurred in both the agricultural (-312 thousand) and industrial (-57 thousand) sectors, while employment increased in construction (+24 thousand) and services (+129 thousand). Meanwhile, the non-agricultural unemployment rate was also down to 15.1 percent in May, from 16.1 percent in April. The youth jobless rate for those aged between 15-24 years fell to 24 percent, the lowest since March of 2020. source: Turkish Statistical Institute

Unemployment Rate in Turkey averaged 10.58 percent from 2005 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 14.40 percent in July of 2020 and a record low of 8 percent in June of 2012. This page provides the latest reported value for - Turkey Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Turkey Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in Turkey is expected to be 13.60 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Turkey to stand at 13.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Turkey Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 12.90 percent in 2022 and 12.00 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Turkey Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
13.20 13.80 14.40 8.00 2005 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-04-12 07:00 AM Feb 13.4% 12.7% 12.5%
2021-05-10 07:00 AM Mar 13.1% 13.2% 12.7%
2021-06-10 07:00 AM Apr 13.9% 13.0% 13.2%
2021-07-12 07:00 AM May 13.2% 13.8% 14.2%
2021-08-10 07:00 AM Jun 13.2%
2021-09-10 07:00 AM Jul
2021-10-11 07:00 AM Aug
2021-11-10 07:00 AM Sep


News Stream
Turkey Jobless Rate Drops in May
The unemployment rate in Turkey eased to 13.2 percent in May of 2021 from a nine-month high of 13.8 percent in the prior month, despite authorities imposed a full lockdown in the first half of May to curb a spike in Covid-19 infections. The number of unemployed decreased by 265 thousand to 4.237 million while employment fell by 216 thousand to 27.844 million. Job losses occurred in both the agricultural (-312 thousand) and industrial (-57 thousand) sectors, while employment increased in construction (+24 thousand) and services (+129 thousand). Meanwhile, the non-agricultural unemployment rate was also down to 15.1 percent in May, from 16.1 percent in April. The youth jobless rate for those aged between 15-24 years fell to 24 percent, the lowest since March of 2020.
2021-07-12
Turkey Unemployment Rate Hits 9-Month High
The unemployment rate in Turkey jumped to 13.9 percent in April 2021, the highest since a record high of 14.4 percent hit in July 2020, as the number of unemployed increased by 275 thousand to 4.511 million and employment levels dropped by 193 thousand to 28.056 million. Job losses occurred in the industry and services sectors. Meanwhile, the non-agricultural unemployment rate was also up to 16.2 percent in April, from 14.9 percent in March; while the youth jobless rate for those aged between 15-24 years edged up to 25.6 percent from 25.5 percent.
2021-06-10
Turkish Jobless Rate Falls to 13.1% in March
The unemployment rate in Turkey edged down to 13.1 percent in March of 2021 from a downwardly revised 13.2 percent in the previous month. Non-agricultural unemployment also decreased to 14.9 percent from 15.1 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 59 thousand to 4.236 million while those employed rose by 550 thousand to 28.089 million, with job gains registered mainly in industry, construction and agriculture. Meanwhile, the youth jobless rate for those aged between 15-24 years declined to 25 percent from 24.3 percent in the prior month.
2021-05-10
Turkey Jobless Rate at 7-Month High
The unemployment rate in Turkey rose to 13.4 percent in February of 2021 from an upwardly revised 12.7 percent in the previous month, the highest jobless rate since July of 2020. Non-agricultural unemployment also increased to 15.3 percent from 13.6 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 250 thousand to 4.236 million while those employed decreased by 22 thousand to 27.477 million with job losses registered mainly in industry and agriculture. Meanwhile, the youth jobless rate for those aged between 15-24 years went up to 26.9 percent from 26.5 percent in the prior month.
2021-04-12

Turkey Unemployment Rate
In Turkey, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.