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Greek unemployment rate fell to 18.5 pct of the workforce in January

The Greek unemployment rate edged up to 18.5 pct of the workforce in January, from 18.4 pct in December 2018, but was down from 20.6 pct in January 2018, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Thursday.

The statistics service, in a monthly report, said that the number of unemployed people totaled 872,678 in January, down 101,923 compared with January 2018, but up 3,990 compared with December 2018. The number of employed people totaled 3,34,141 in January, up by 68,335 from January 2018, but down 7,532 compared with December 2018.

The unemployment rate among women was 23.6 pct (25.6 pct in January 2018) and among men 14.5 pct (16.5 pct last year).

The unemployment rate in the 15-24 age group fell to 39.7 pct in January from 41.9 pct in January 2018, in the 25-34 age group it fell to 24.2 pct from 25.7 pct, in the 35-44 age group it dropped to 16.4 pct from 19 pct, in the 45-54 age group it fell to 15 pct from 16.4 pct, in the 55-64 age group it fell to 14.4 pct from 16.8 pct and in the 65-74 age group it rose to 13 pct from 8.3 pct.

Among the country’s regions, Epirus-Western Macedonia recorded the highest unemployment rate (21.3 pct in January 2019 from 25.3 pct in January 2018), followed by the Aegean (20.4 pct from 19.1 pct), Macedonia-Thrace (19.2 pct from 20.3 pct), Attica (18.9 pct from 21.2 pct), Thessaly-Central Greece (18.6 pct from 18.7 pct), Peloponese-Western Greece-Ionian Islands (18.3 pct from 20.9 pct) and Crete (12.4 pct from 16.8 pct).

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