Greece Unemployment February 2020


Greece: Unemployment rate ticks down in February

May 7, 2020

The number of unemployed workers fell by 13,527 in February compared to January while the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate inched down to 16.1% from the previous month’s revised 16.2% (previously reported: 16.4%), according to data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). February’s reading was the lowest since March 2011 and below that of the same month in 2019 (February 2019: 18.4%).

Greece’s unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent years, since peaking at around 28% in the summer of 2013. However, it remains the highest in the Eurozone by far and is set to rise in the coming months as the Covid-19 crisis takes its toll.

Meanwhile, youth unemployment—categorized by individuals between the ages of 15-24—came in at 35.6% in February, below February’s 2019’s 36.5%.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 20.6% in 2020, which is up 1.3 percentage points from the previous month’s projection. For 2021, the panel sees the unemployment rate averaging 19.6%.

Author:, Economist

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Greece Unemployment February 20 20

Note: Month-on-month variation of unemployed people in thousands and unemployment rate in %.
Source: Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

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