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Turkey’s army of jobless swelling to record level

Despite extensive incentives and other initiatives to create jobs, Turkey’s government has failed to reduce the unemployment rate to single digits during its 16-year rule and is now likely to bring it up to 15%, the highest level in three decades.
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Unemployment in crisis-hit Turkey has reached a staggering level ahead of the March 31 municipal elections, giving the opposition fresh ammunition in its quest to wrestle key cities from the ruling party and deal the government a political blow.

The country’s gross domestic product shrank 3% in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to official figures announced March 11, with the economy growing only 2.6% last year, a sharp decline from 7.4% in 2017.

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