Turkey’s real unemployment rate is higher than the population of 97 countries, opposition MP says

At a staggering unemployment number of 8.5 million people in Turkey, an opposition party leader has pointed out how this is higher than the population of 97 countries.

Veli Agbaba, the deputy chairman of the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said: “The current economic crises in Turkey is much deeper than the economic crises that hit the country in 1994 and 2001. Our unemployment number is three times bigger than Qatar’s population, this figure will continue to increase as long as this crisis continues.”

The CHP deputy chairman further shared another shocking statistic from last year – that Turkey’s unemployment rate increased by a whopping 1,3 million and the number of jobless people in the country is even higher than Egypt and Libya.

“We are harking backward, not only in unemployment but also in job security.”

Agbaba said the authorities who created the crisis don’t suffer, but the workers are real victims. “Jobs are being lost daily. In the last 17 years, we have lost more than 22,000 workers in occupational accidents.”

The Member of Parliament also explained that CHP put a motion in the parliament to investigate occupational accidents but the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) answered sarcastically: “What must parliament investigate if a person falls from the roof?”

Referring to an incident during the 2001 crisis when a bankrupt businessman protested in front of then Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit’s building by throwing cash in front of the building. Agbaba also pointed out how the media covered all these protests, but now people burn themselves and unfortunately, the media cares less about such coverage.

Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) said the country’s unemployment rate surged to 14.7 percent in the December-March 2019 period, as the economy entered the recession. This is the highest recorded number in nearly a decade.

The number of unemployed people reached over 4.7 million in the three months to March, those jobless in the non-agricultural sectors climbed to 16.9 percent in the January-March period from 12.5 percent in the corresponding period of the prior year, TUIK data shows.

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