Greece has the highest level of unemployment in Europe – over taking Spain

Santa Pola Police modernising computer systems to 'access real-time databases'. Image: AytoSantaPola

THE UNEMPLOYMENT epidemic in Greece has overtaken Spain as it reaches the top of the table of unemployment figures within the euro area. 

Driven by austerity policies and the global financial crisis, the unemployment rate has nearly tripled since September 2009 leaving 1.295 million

people without employment and this figure is set to increase with the predicted jobless figures increasing by a further 29 percent by 2013.


According  to Eurostat figures, Spain´s unemployment rate was around 26.2 percent in October. 

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