Greek unemployment inches up at the end of 2018

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s unemployment rate — the highest in the 28-country European Union — climbed slightly to 18.7 percent in the final quarter of 2018.

However, it’s still way down where it was a year earlier.

The Greek statistical authority said Thursday that 881,000 people were jobless in October-December 2018, 1.1 percent higher than the previous three-month period. Compared to the year before, it’s 12.5 percent lower.

Unemployment was highest in the 15-19 age range, at 52.7 percent.

At its highest point during Greece’s eight-year financial crisis, 28 percent of the Greek workforce was out of work, a post-war record.

Thursday’s figures show one-in-two unemployed in Greece have been out of work for at least two years. Those out of work for more than a year don’t get unemployment benefits.

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