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7:10 unemployed Greeks are “long-time jobless” without any allowance or any other support

The proportion of long-time unemployed in Greece is particularly high. According to data published by the Greek Statistics Authority (ELSTAT), 72.2% of the Greek unemployed have been looking for more than 12 months for a work without success. But also without any allowance given by the state or any support whatsoever, as the unemployment allowance is given for 12 months only for the whole working life.

According to ELSTAT, despite the unemployment decline from 24.5% in the second quarter of 2015 into 23.1% in the second quarter of 2016, the proportion of long-term unemployed remains dramatically high.

Of the total unemployed seeking paid employment 11% seek for full time work only, while 84% is seeking for full time employment but would accept part-time as well. 4.5% seeks part-time or full-time.

The highest unemployment rate is among women with 27.6%, while unemployment in men is 19.4%.

Among young people aged 15-24, the unemployment among women is 52.5%, while the general unemployment in this age group is 49.1%.

According to ELSTAT, 6% of the unemployed rejected a work offer in the third quarter of 2016, for various reasons, but mainly because of:

  1. the geographical area of the job – rejected by 25.2%
  2. unsatisfactory salary (23%)
  3. not convenient working hours (20.4%)


The number of registered unemployed is 1,112,075 people.

The number of employed is 3,702,613.

The rate of employed estimated to be at 65.9%, and therefore the lowest within the European Union.

Data from Q3 2016

Employed 65.9%

Self-employed, with personnel 7.3%

Self-employed without personnel 22.9%

Helper in family business 3.9%

The total number of Greece’s population is 10,000,000.

According to a report of the Bank of Greece, the number of people who migrated abroad to seek a job from 2008 until summer 2016 is estimated to be 427,000 people. Their ages are between 15 and 64 years old.

The numbers of the new Greek migrants started to dramatically increase in 2013, the third official year of the crisis. 100,000 people left alone in 2013.

According to a study for LSE, published in November 2015,

63% of the new migrants have a university degree.

They leave because they are either unemployed (50%) or they have a bad paid work or a work not conform to their studies.

50% of the new migrants have sought their professional future in UK and Germany.

The exodus continues without a break.

PS I know at least nine people aged 26-60 who are getting ready to leave Greece and seek a job abroad. They are holders of university or vocational school degree. They need a job. Any job! so that they can survive in this world.

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3 comments

  1. As I have said before here, the Troika’s (4th Reich’s) objective for Greece is simply: “empty the land and seize all assets for free”. The “unemployment – no support” idea (i.e. leave or die) serves the former.

  2. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    Good luck, in one generation Germoney’s language is Greek: Krautland’s bay- and pool-watch needs 2000 people staff – may be even more as now refugees are drowning in German rivers and lakes because they can’t swim or have no idea of danger – and also their army wants Europeans after it got privatized, not to forget their industry that can’t find enough youths to educate.
    To invade Germoney with 4000 tanks and get the reparations back would be faster and smarter

  3. The”ll be back..”the grass is not always greener on the other side”.