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Turkish unemployment fell to 13.4 percent in October: TurkStat

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Turkey’s unemployment rate fell to 13.4 percent in October from 13.8 percent a month earlier, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) showed on Friday, having hit a 10-year peak in the first quarter, Reuters reported.

The unemployment rate stood at 11.6 percent last October. The non-agricultural unemployment rate dipped to 15.7 percent in October from 16.4 percent a month earlier, the data showed. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 13.6 percent from 13.9 percent a month earlier.

“The number of unemployed persons aged 15+ increased by 608,000 to 4.39 million persons in the period of October 2019 in Turkey compared with the same period of the previous year,” TurkStat said.

The unemployment rate for young people aged 15-24 surged 3 percentage points to 25.3 percent during the same period.

Official data showed Turkey’s labor force participation rate dropped 0.7 percentage points to 53 percent in October year-on-year.

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