Serkan Alan/ DUVAR 

According to the most recent figures from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), the number of those unemployed aged 15 and up increased by 980,000 in August year-on-year, reaching a total of 4,065,000 people. Youth unemployment, which covers the 15-24 age group, shot up by 6.6 percent between August 2018-2019, jumping up from 20.8 percent to 27.4 percent. 

Responding to a parliamentary inquiry from main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Mehmet Bekaroğlu regarding what the ministry was doing to combat youth unemployment, Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoğlu said that they had conducted a personal development workshop that was attended by 59,292 people. 

Kasapoğlu also said the ministry had established a protocol with the Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) to provide grants of 50,000 TL and interest-free loans of 100,000 TL in all 81 provinces of Turkey to young entrepreneurs who complete relevant training and obtain a certificate. 

Overall unemployment rates have stubbornly remained in the double digits for the past several, currently standing at 14 percent according to the latest figures from August.