ATHENS – Greece’s unemployment rate dropped to 27 percent in June, compared to 27.1 percent the previous month, barely moving from what had been record highs.
The country’s Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) report showed there were still 1,303,884 people out of work in June. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has repeatedly said he would do something to help, but hasn’t.
The figure was the lowest to be recorded since January, 2013, when it stood at 26.8 percent, but was more than double of the Eurozone average which stood at 11.5 percent in July.
Joblessness among women reached 31.1 percent, while the unemployment rate of those aged between 15 and 24 stood at 51.5 percent and those aged between 25 and 34 at 35.6 percent.
The regions facing the highest unemployment rates in June were Epirus and western Macedonia (27.6 percent) followed by Macedonia and Thrace (27.5 percent).
Samaras said last year he would announce in January this year a program to put 75,000 young people to work but never did. He has said that bringing down the joblessness rate is one of the biggest priorities of his coalition government but hasn’t announced any plans on how he’d do that.
Ironically, fighting unemployment was one of the major issues for Greece’s holding of the six-month symblic and powerless European Union Presidency from January to June this year but nothing came of it.