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Erdogan Under Pressure as Covid Leaves Turks Losing Hope of Work

  • Restrictions have been reintroduced to curb spread of Covid-19
  • Support for ruling party down, according to two surveys
Closed stores during weekend curfew in the Eminonu district of Istanbul, on Dec. 5.

Closed stores during weekend curfew in the Eminonu district of Istanbul, on Dec. 5.

Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Turkey’s fight to protect jobs amid a spreading coronavirus outbreak is floundering, with signs that many of those without work are directing their anger at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Job retention programs, including a ban on dismissals, have kept a lid on official unemployment in the formal sector -- the rate edged down in August to October from the previous period to 12.7%, data released by the statistics office on Thursday show.