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Tourism and construction worst hit by unemployment

13 September 2009 / 11:09:29  GRReporter
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Data from Greece's National Statistical Service show a rise in unemployment for June. The statistics reveal that the number of unemployed has increased with 67 729 for one year, reaching 427 707 people.

The outcomes from the world economic crisis left numbers of people in Greece unemployed, mostly in tourism and construction. This is the data yielded by the statistics, the syndicates, however, disagree. They say that the number of unemployed announced by the NSS is half the actual size, new workplaces are not being created, employers do not sign long-term contracts, companies are constantly forced to close down and hiring people part-time is widely used. To improve the situation, new conditions of work and hiring need to become active, says one of the biggest syndicates in the private sector.

According to the data from the statistical service, it is most difficult for young people, women and island residents to find a job. The highest percentage of unemployment overall was registered in East Macedonia and Thrace- 11.6%, and in West Macedonia it has gone up from 7.7% to 9.8% for a year. It is indicative that in all 13 districts in the country the unemployment has risen. Although a slight increase of unemployment is observed on the islands, the numbers are significantly lower that in the rest of the country. On Crete Island, for example, unemployment has moved from 5.3% to 5.9% since June last year. On Aegean Sea islands it has gone up from 3.8% to 4.5%. Mostly affected by the crisis are the Ionian Islands where unemployment jumped from 3.9% to 6.4%- a result from the reduced touristic flow and personnel cut-down.


As "Katimerini" newspaper reveals, young people and women face more difficulties finding a job. Concerning women, unemployment is twice as much compared to men- 12.4% of the women fit for work were left without a job in June 2009, when in men this percentage is quite lower- 5.8%.

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