Job­less fig­ures suf­fer small set­back

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The small drop in un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures in pre­vi­ous months showed a wor­ry­ing re­ver­sal in the first month of the sum­mer, as of­fi­cial Man­power Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OAED) data yesterday in­di­cated an spike in the num­ber of reg­is­tered un­em­ployed by 10,643 peo­ple in June com­pared with May.

The to­tal num­ber of the job­less reg­is­tered with OAED came to 950,025 last month against 939,562 in May. There is also an an­nual in­crease in the fig­ures, as in June 2015 the reg­is­tered un­em­ployed came to 933,460, when they had shrunk by 2,474 from May in the same year.

An­other source of con­cern is the very low share of the peo­ple re­ceiv­ing an un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit, com­ing to just one in 10 job­less Greeks. In June, only 88,336 peo­ple re­ceived the ben­e­fit, of which 6.44 per­cent (5,687 peo­ple) are sea­sonal work­ers in the tourism sec­tor. There were 43,125 men and 45,211 women re­ceiv­ing a job­less al­lowance last month.

From a to­tal of 827,133 peo­ple who ac­tively seek work (as the rest of those reg­is­tered do not), more than half, 437,751, have been on the OAED regis­ter for at least 12 months. An im­pres­sive five out of eight (62.5 per­cent) are women, amount­ing to 516,992, against 310,141 men.

OAED re­ported an in­crease in the num­ber of reg­is­tered job­less last month by over 10,000 peo­ple.

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