The Greek unemployment rate fell to 23.1 pct of the workforce in December 2016, from 24.1 pct in the same month in 2015, but remained unchanged from November 2016 (figure revised upwards to 23.1 pct), Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Thursday.
The statistics service reported in a publishing that the number of unemployed people totaled 1,100,640 with the majority impacted being young people and people above 50 years, while unemployment rose by 5.1 points in the Aegean.
The number of unemployed people fell by 60,486 compared with December 2015 (a decline of 5.2 pct) and by 2,264 compared with November 2016 (a decline of 0.2 pct). The number of people at work was 3,659,762 up 10,846 compared with December 2015 (an increase of 0.3 pct) and down 12,775 compared with November 2016 (down 0.3 pct).
The economically non-active part of the population (out of work and not seeking a job) was 3,269,742 in December, up 13,179 from December 2015 (an increase of 0.4 pct) and up 8,961 from November 2016 (an increase of 0.3 pct).
Unemployment among women was 27.6 pct in December from 28.2 pct in 2015, while among men it was 19.5 pct from 20.9 pct, respectively. The 15-24 age group recorded the highest unemployment rate (45.2 pct in December 2016 from 50.1 pct in December 2015), followed by the 24-34 age group (30.2 pct, 30.5 pct), the 35-44 age group (20 pct, 20.7 pct), the 55-64 age group (19.4 pct, 19.1 pct), the 45-54 age group (18.8 pct, 19.7 pct) and the 65-74 age group (13.2 pct, 11.5 pct).
Among the country’s regions, Epirus-Western Macedonia recorded the highest unemployment rate (26.8 pct in December 2016 from 28.3 pct in December 2015), Peloponese-Western Greece-Ionian Islands (23.9 pct, 23.3 pct), Thessaly-Central Greece (23.7 pct, 27.5 pct), Macedonia-Thrace (23.7 pct, 24.6 pct), Crete (23.5 pct, 24.5 pct), Attica (22.9 pct, 23.5 pct) and Aegean (19.5 pct, 14.4 pct).
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