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22.4 percent of Turkish households living in poverty.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A total of 22.4 percent of Turkish households lived in poverty during 2014, according to the results of a survey released by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) on Tuesday.

The survey, titled "Statistics on Family 2014," focused on familial issues in various provinces of the country. It revealed that 28.8 percent of households with a single parent and one or more dependent children lived below the poverty line.

The size of the average household in Turkey was 3.6 people in 2014, while the difference in household size between the eastern and western provinces was substantial, the latter being known for having much larger households with more children on average. The eastern provinces of E[currency]yrnak and Hakkari were recorded as having the largest households, with 7.3 and 6.6 people on average, respectively. The western provinces of Ecanakkale and Balykesir ranked lowest, with average households of 2.7 and 2.8 people. Poverty and unemployment rates in the southeastern and eastern regions of the country are generally higher than in Central Anatolia and the western provinces.

The Turkish household is primarily centered on children. As of 2013, 53.6 percent of households consisted of a couple with children, while a single-person household accounted for a mere 8.1 percent of the total.

Labor unions have consistently argued that minimum wages and pensions are insufficient for families to make ends meet, particularly in a period where a variety of food prices have reached monumental highs and dealt a blow to purchasing power.

The Public Workers' Labor Union (Kamu-Sen) set the hunger threshold in Turkey at TL 1,603 a month, nearly double the national minimum monthly wage of TL 950, according to a study released by the union last month. Meanwhile, the poverty line was set at TL 2,076 a month for a single employed person, while the figure was TL 4,219 for a family of four, according to Kamu-Sen figures from earlier this month.

57 percent of Turks think economy being mismanaged

Meanwhile, a recently released survey from polling firm MetroPOLL indicates that well over half of the country believes the economy is being mismanaged by the government. The figure marks a sharp increase from an April 2014 poll in which 44 percent said they felt the economy was being mismanaged.

A total of 33.5 percent of those polled said they felt that the economy was being managed well, a 13.3 percent decline from last year. A total of 9.4 percent said they had no opinion on the matter.

The Turkish lira had plummeted against the US dollar this year, starting at 2.3 to the dollar and having teetered around the 2.7 mark for the past several weeks. Unemployment has crept up to over 11 percent at the beginning of this year, reaching a five-year high.

The annual growth rate forecast is at around 3 percent this year as growth has shriveled in the past several years after reaching impressive rates during the early years of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:May 5, 2015
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