Greek Jobless Rate Falls to Near 6-Year Low

The Greek seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 21 percent in July 2017 from an upwardly revised 21.3 percent in the previous month and compared with 23.4 percent in July 2016. It was the lowest jobless rate since November 2011. Still, Greek unemployment rate remains more than double the Eurozone's average.
ELSTAT | Joana Ferreira | 10/5/2017 10:30:17 AM
Compared with the previous month, the number of unemployed decreased by 1.2 percent to 1.01 million and the number of employed rose by 0.4 percent to 3.80 million.

A year earlier, the unemployment rate was recorded at 23.4 percent. The number of unemployed persons fell by 10.5 percent while employment grew by 2.5 percent. 

The 15-24 age group recorded the highest unemploment rate (42.8 percent from 43.2 percent in July 2016), followed by the 25-34 age group (26.1 percent from 29.7 percent), the 35-44 age group (18.8 percent from 20.4 percent), the 45-54 age group (16.6 percent from 19.3 percent), the 55-64 age group (18.1 percent from 18.4 percent) and the 65-74 age group (11.6 percent from 13.3 percent).

The unemployment rate among women was 25.3 percent in July from 28 percent a year earlier, while among men it fell to 17.5 percent from 19.6 percent.

Among the country's regions, the highest unemployment rates were reported for Epirus-Western Macedonia (27.3 percent), followed by Macedonia-Thrace (22.2 percent) and Attica (21.3 percent); while Aegean Islands recorded the lowest rate (16.3 percent).

Greek Jobless Rate Falls to Near 6-Year Low