Early Easter helped job­less num­bers ease

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Man­power Or­ga­ni­za­tion( OAED) fig­ures pub­lished yes­ter­day showed a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of reg­is­tered un­em­ployed in March by 2.51 per­cent, or 27,573 peo­ple, com­pared to Fe­bru­ary, as the early start of the tourism sea­son this year thanks to Easter com­ing ear­lier than last yea, has given the Greek la­bor mar­ket a boost.

Ac­cord­ing to the OAED data, the num­ber of peo­ple with­out a job (re­gard­less of whether they are seek­ing work) came to 1,068,293 last month, which is 3,923 be­low the fig­ure recorded in March 2016 (1,072,216 peo­ple).

The long-term un­em­ployed – those who have been out of work for at least 12 months – con­sti­tuted more than half of the reg­is­tered job­less (50.5 per­cent) at 539,757 in­di­vid­u­als. Peo­ple with­out jobs re­ceiv­ing un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits in March, mean­while, came to 141,426, a re­duc­tion of 36,679 or 20.59 per­cent from Fe­bru­ary.

The num­ber of women with­out work is con­sid­er­ably higher than that of men, as 61.26 per­cent of the reg­is­tered un­em­ployed were fe­male. The age group with the big­gest share among the job­less is the 30-44 year-olds, ac­count­ing for 424,081 peo­ple or 39.69 per­cent. Al­most one in ev­ery six un­em­ployed per­son (15.93 per­cent) is a univer­sity grad­u­ate, OAED fig­ures showed.

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