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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-18

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  • [01] Deputy Education Minister on teenās shooting injury in Peristeri
  • [02] Unemployment down in 3rd qtr 2008

  • [01] Deputy Education Minister on teenās shooting injury in Peristeri

    Regret for the injury of a secondary education student in Peristeri, Athens was expressed by Deputy Education Minister Andreas Lykourentzos on Thursday. "Unfortunately another unpleasant incident has been added to the recent sad events that torment the sector of education," he stated, stressing that the student's health condition is being closely watched by the leadership of the ministry of education. Lykourentzos expressed his sincere support to the injured boy's family, his teachers and fellow students. He also wished that "the incident will be assessed and evaluated calmly without being blown out of proportion," pointing out that these are "hard times that demand responsibility and cooperation to ensure the preservation of democratic normalcy, social peace and the uninterrupted continuation of education's work".

    [02] Unemployment down in 3rd qtr 2008

    Unemployment in the third trimester of 2008 fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.9 percent in the same period in 2007, the Greek national statistics service said on Thursday. This is the lowest level of unemployment on record in the 3rd trimester of any year since records began in 1998.

    Unemployment levels among women in that period stand at 10.8 percent, while that for men is 4.7 percent. Unemployment rates in the 15-29 age group are much higher, reaching 15.6 percent overall, or 11.5 percent for men and 21 percent for women.

    For people aged 30-44 unemployment stands at 6.4 percent (3.6 percent for men and 10.2 percent for women), while for people over 45 it falls to 3.5 percent.

    Rates of unemployment in correlation to educational level and qualifications were lowest for people with little or no formal education, ranging from 4.5 percent for those with no schooling at all to 5.3 percent for those who had completed primary school.

    It was highest, by contrast, for those with a technical or vocational training course diploma at 9.6 percent, at 8.1 percent for those who finished the first three classes of high school and 7.6 percent for those completing all six classes of secondary education.

    Unemployment among graduates stood at 5.6 percent and was higher for those with postgraduate qualifications at 5.9 percent (4.5 percent for men and 7.9 percent for women).

    The percentage of "new" unemployed that enter the labour market for the first time was 37.1 percent of the total, while the long-term unemployed accounted for 52.2 percent of the total.

    On a regional level, the highest levels of unemployment were in western Macedonia (12.5 percent), in Epirus (10 percent), in western Greece (9.5 percent) and in Thessaly (8.9 percent).

    Unemployment levels were lowest in the regions of the South Aegean (2.9 percent), North Aegean (3.7 percent), the Ionian islands and Crete (4.2 percent).

    The statistics agency also reported that 98,675 people that had been unemployed the previous year found jobs in the third quarter of 2008.

    The figures were produced using a sample-based survey in 2,640 residential blocks or their equivalents among 30,743 households, designed extrapolated based on the 2001 census.

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