A friend, 50, was telling me on Friday that he will be jobless on 1. May. Another friend, 35, was telling me the same on Monday morning. A third friend told me that he hasn’t been paid in the last 6 months. Other friends call from time to time and ask if I knew a job for a man or woman, between 25-60 years old. Anything! At any salary, with or without insurance and social contributions! Main thing some hundreds euros land in the household of a jobless father or a mother without income. Enough to cover even just basic needs. Day in, day out, the nightmare of unemployment hits more and more people and families. Loss of work place, loss of income, loss of dignity and lots of broken dreams.
And here come the European Statistics Authority (EUROSTAT) to confirm what we all know in Greece.
According to latest report, unemployment in Greece reached 21% in December 2011. Top on the EU27 list is Spain with 23.6%. Compared with a year ago, Greece’s unemployment recorded the highest increase from 14.3% to 21% between December 2010 and December 2011. In Spain the rate increase was from 20.6% to 23.6%.
Unemployment among youth under 25 years old reached 50.4% in Greece and 50.5% in Spain. Yes. One in two young people are without job – in both countries.
Another no present and no future generation is on the making. Well done, euro!