Greek unemployment eased to 16 pct in June

The Greek unemployment rate eased to 16 pct in June, from 16.6 pct in May, but it was up 4.4 points compared with June 2010, the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Thursday.
The statistics service, in a report, said the number of unemployed people rose by 211,321 in June to 793,685, while unemployment among young people soared to 43.3 pct. The number of unemployed people fell by 29,034 in June from May. The financially non-active population totaled 4,385,584 surpassing the number of employed people (4,161,125).
Unemployment among people aged 15-24 totaled 43.3 pct, up from 29.8 pct in June 2010, in the 25-34 age group jumped to 22.6 pct from 16.2 pct last year and in the 35-44 age group rose to 13.2 pct from 9.4 pct last year. Unemployment among women rose to 19.9 pct in June from 15.5 pct in June 2010, while among men it rose to 13.2 pct from 8.9 pct in 2010.
Western Macedonia (22.1 pct), Central Macedonia (19.1 pct), Epirus (18.5 pct) recorded the highest unemployment percentage rates, while unemployment in Attica totaled 15.8 pct, up from 11.4 pct in June 2010. Southern Aegean was the only region to record a single-digit unemployment rate (8.2 pct).

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