Turkish youth less hopeful about future

Young people in Turkey were less optimistic about their future last year than they were in 2013, according to a broad statistical examination of the country’s youth released on Thursday by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat).

While 83.9 percent of youth said they were hopeful about their future two years ago, that figure declined to 78 percent last year. Rates of optimism were slightly lower among young women than young men.

In 2013, 65.1 percent of young people reported that they considered themselves happy, while this declined to 61.2 percent last year. Nearly three out of four said their family is what makes them happiest, a slight increase in 2014 from the previous year. Health, love and success were among the other top selections for what young people considered the most important factors in their happiness.

Youth unemployment (covering those aged between 15 and 24) hit 17.9 percent last year, with 16.6 percent of young men and just over 20 percent of young women unemployed. A full 47.9 percent of young people worked in the service sector, while 32.7 were employed in the industrial sector and 19.4 worked in agriculture.

The report also indicated that three out of every four young people in Turkey used the Internet in 2014. The rate among young men, 82 percent, was considerably higher than it was for young women, 62 percent.