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Unemployment decreases, yet 580K workers earn just €407 per month

Unemployment in Greece decreases, part-time jobs and low wages increase and a government minister with a monthly salary of several thousands euros says “better bad paid than not be paid at all.”

Greece’s jobless rate fell to 20.2 percent in July-to-September from 21.1 percent in the second quarter, data from the country’s statistics service ELSTAT have showed.

About 75.6 percent of Greece’s 970,000 jobless are long-term unemployed, meaning they have been out of work for at least 12 months, the figures showed on Thursday.

Greece’s highest unemployment rate was recorded in the first quarter of 2014, when joblessness hit 27.8 percent.

Athens has already published monthly unemployment figures through June, which differ from quarterly data because they are based on different samples and are seasonally adjusted.

Quarterly figures are not seasonally adjusted.

At the same time, part-time employment has been constantly increasing. According to latest data, 580,000 of workers earn just 407 euros per month. An amount that is for sure not enough to help people come through the month. And this data refers to declared work contracts. In undeclared work market people earn even 200 or 300 euros.

However, for government officials and ministers it is better to be badly paid than not be paid at all.

Deputy transport minister Nikos Mavraganis (ANEL) told the Parliament “I have been told that some workers are paid with decreased wages. It is obvious that some are paid with decreased wages. But it is better to be badly paid than not be paid at all.”

Apparently the cynical minister does not know people in his direct environment affected by the low wages and his knowledge about the social problem comes only from hear-saying.

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