Greek unemployment hits 25.4 percent in August, new record

ATHENS Thu Nov 8, 2012 3:45pm GMT

A woman smokes a cigarette outside an unemployment bureau in Athens October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A woman smokes a cigarette outside an unemployment bureau in Athens October 11, 2012.

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's jobless rate rose for a 39th consecutive month to a new record of 25.4 percent in August, more than double the euro zone average, Greece's statistics service ELSTAT said on Thursday.

A crippling, austerity-fuelled recession continued to take its toll on the labour market, putting Greek unemployment at more than double the euro zone average of 11.5 percent.

The jobless rate has more than tripled since the country's five-year economic slump began in 2008. It now stands at 58 percent for those aged between 15 and 24 years, compared with 20 percent in August 2008.

Greece's economy is estimated to have shrunk by about a fifth since then. The slump is expected to continue in 2013 when the government is set to take budget cuts and tax increases worth 9.4 billion euros as a pre-condition to receive more funds under its international bailout.

A record 1.27 million Greeks were without work in August, up 38 percent from the same month last year.

Greece's August jobless rate was the European Union's second highest, behind fellow euro zone sufferer Spain, whose unemployment rate stood at 25.5 percent, according to Eurostat.

The European Commission forecast this week that the Greek labour market would bottom out in 2013, with unemployment slipping to around 22 percent in 2014, the economy's first year of modest recovery after six consecutive years of recession.

(Reporting by Harry Papachristou)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Greek unemployment hits 25.4 percent in August, new record

25.4 %%% !!! Thats as bad as Spain!

Thankfully for the Greeks though, (having a far smaller population than Spain) that equates to a lot less workers out of work…

Nov 08, 2012 12:40pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
OGcitizen wrote:
I am a Greek pensioner and I lost 55% of my income, within a year, not counting inflation, increased taxes etc. Still, I take FULL responsibility for the mess that my generation brought my country into and I am willing to pay any price for it. Unemployment of 25,4% and 58% for those aged between 15 and 24 is the result of bad economic policy and austerity measures so far. The austerity measures that my country was forced to take yesterday will as sure as death increase those figures to 30-32% and 65-70% respectively at the end of 2013 and there is NO END to that course for some years more. My questions to the people of the so called advanced (and civilized ?)societies of the EU countries are: 1) Do you realize that you are witnessing the slow death of a nation ? Something like an ethnic cleansing of this part of Europe from the people that live here? 2)What, according to your opinion, are exactly the crimes committed by the young Greeks, from 1 to 24 years of age that they deserve to be punished for?

Nov 08, 2012 1:48pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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