Number of job seekers hits 10-year high

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The number of people registered at the Turkish Employment Organization (IIKUR) to find a job reached 2.6 million in 2013, the highest number since 2003, Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik said on Tuesday.

In response to a recent parliamentary question filed by Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Rahmi AIkIn Tureli, Minister Çelik said 557,092 people were registered with IIKUR in 2003.

According to Çelik’s figures, the institution found jobs for 671,578 people in 2013.

The data also reveal that while 1,036,557 applicants to IIKUR were unemployed, the number of retired people who were registered with the institution for better job conditions exceeded 1.3 million in 2013.

Regarding the age and sex of the applicants, the minister said that there were 747,157 male and 446,169 female job seekers in the 15-29 age group 747,451 men and 416,004 women in the 30-64 age group and 2,091 male and 432 female job seekers over 65 were registered with the agency in 2013.

Almost 32,000 applicants in 2013 were illiterate while the number of college graduates and holders of aanced degrees totaled 449,213 people.

The amount of financial resources allocated to IIKUR totaled TL 1.7 billion in 2013, while this figure stood at TL 41.8 million in 2003.

(CihanToday’s Zaman)