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Turkey far ahead of EU in creating employment, Ali Babacan says
Date 24/09/2010 14:24  Author webmaster  Hits 1055  Language Global

24 SEP 2010

Today's Zaman

According to Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Economy Ali Babacan, Turkey largely outpaced the European Union, which it aspires to join, in terms of creating employment in the second quarter of this year.

Speaking at a forum organized by the Foreign Policy Association in New York, Babacan noted Turkey’s employment figures increased by 1.6 million and the unemployment rate dropped by 2.6 percent in the April-June period of 2010 from a year ago. At the same time, however, the total number of unemployed within the EU grew by 1.8 million in the same period according to EU statistics body Eurostat, Babacan told the audience during Wednesday’s meeting.

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