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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-11

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  • [01] June unemployment slips to 7.3%
  • [02] Romanian DM in Athens
  • [03] Metro work reveals ancient graves

  • [01] June unemployment slips to 7.3%

    Greek unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent of the workforce in June 2008, down from 8.2 percent in June 2007, the National Statistics Service announced on Thursday.

    The statistics service, in a monthly report, said the number of employed people in the country totaled 4,552,832 in June, while the number of unemployed totaled 359,978 and the number of the financially non active population was 4,314.792.

    Employment is steadily rising since 2005, with growth rates ranging between 0.5 pct to 2.3 pct during this annual period, while the number of unemployed people also steadily rising on a annual basis. The unemployment rate in the country fell from 9.9 pc tin June 2004, to 9.5 pct in June 2005, 8.3 pct in June 2006 and 8.2 pct in June 2007.

    The Epirus region reported the highest unemployment rate in the country (10.2 pct), while northern Aegean (3.8 pct) the lowest unemployment rate in June. The unemployment rate among women was 10.7 pct, among men 5.0pct, while the 15-24 years age group recorded the highest unemployment rate (22.3 pct).

    [02] Romanian DM in Athens

    Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis on Thursday received his Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu in Athens.

    The two ministers signed a memorandum of cooperation for maritime transports and discussed further cooperation between the defence industries of the two countries, as well as the latest developments in the Caucasus and the Balkans.

    In statements afterward, Meimarakis also underlined his full support for Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and his actions, stressing that the premier "was not alone in this effort".

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis.

    [03] Metro work reveals ancient graves

    An overhead shot shows a portion of the exactly 1,414 ancient graves uncovered during construction work on the new metro line in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki on 11 September, 2008. The finds range from the Hellenistic period to the late Roman era. Thessaloniki, named in honor of Alexander the Great's half-sister, is Greece's second largest city and the biggest metropolis in the Macedonia province of northern Greece. ANA-MPA / Culture ministry handout
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