Data show 20,000 more jobs cre­ated in De­cem­ber

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The Greek la­bor mar­ket ex­panded by al­most 20,000 salar­ied jobs in De­cem­ber, La­bor Min­istry data showed yes­ter­day, with min­is­ter Yian­nis Vrout­sis ex­press­ing op­ti­mism that un­em­ploy­ment will start con­tract­ing within 2014.

The num­ber of hir­ings ex­ceeded sack­ings by 19,999 last month, ac­cord­ing to the Er­gani reg­is­ter of the la­bor mar­ket, as 109,797 peo­ple found a salar­ied job while 89,798 lost one. De­cem­ber was the eighth of 12 months last year when hir­ings out­num­bered sack­ings, with the regsiter show­ing 1,149,194 hir­ings through­out the year, mark­ing a 35.2 per­cent in­crease from 2012.

“The la­bor mar­ket sta­bliz­ing while the growth rate of un­em­ploy­ment is in con­stant de­cline, Vrout­sis said. “From 44.4 per­cent in June 2012 it fell to just 5.9 per­cent in Septem­ber 2013,” stated Vrout­sis.

Em­ploy­ment in­dices have in­creas­ing since April 2013, he said, adding that “this trend will con­tinue, and com­bined with the fur­ther pro­mo­tion of poli­cies for eco­nomic growth and against un­de­clared and unin­sured la­bor, it will lead to a de­cline in un­em­ploy­ment in the new year.”

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