Greek Unemployment Soars By 1.5% In One Month, Hits Record 27.2%

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There was much hope in the feudal states of Europe that the monthly December drop in Greek unemployment - the first in years - was the beginning of the end for local misery. Alas, it appears the Greek statistics office leaarned a thing or two from the BLS and it was all seasonal adjustments. As reported earlier today, things just got much worse again, with January unemployment surging by 1.5% in one month to a new all time record high 27.2%. More importantly, the number of employed people in Greece, which dropped to a new record low of 3.617,771 compared to 3,888,400 a year ago (and down 11,653 from December), is now nearly as much as the entire inactive population at 3,346,423 and far below the ranks of the unemployed (1,348,694 - an all time high as well) and inactive.

Spread by gender, the unemployment rate for males was 23.9%, while a record 31.4% of eligible women had no job in January.

Finally, youth unemployment once again hit a record high 59.3% in January, even as unemployment among those aged 65-74 has soared from 0.9% in 2008 to 6.9% in 2013.

Some of the amusing, or not so amusing if you are a Greek citizen, charts and tables just release:

Source: Elstat

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Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:07 | 3435646 GetZeeGold
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Thank goodness the Nazi's are showing up to take control.


Same as it ever was....


All rise! All rise! Show your respect!

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:19 | 3435660 Banksters
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One unemployed person is a tragedy, a million out  of work is a statistic. - The Troika


In other news:



Greece on Thursday responded to comments by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble who said Athens should not get distracted by the issue of war reparations from Berlin and instead focus on its economic reform program.


Arbeit macht frei?


Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:21 | 3435677 Sudden Debt
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on a possitive note...



in about 2083 they'll start doing something about the current crisis...

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:27 | 3435685 Banksters
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Mr Panos blog.  I love this guy.



Financial "Crisis" in Greece

Hello Germany and Europe,

My name is mr Panos and this is a message from the Hellenic people around the world




Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:34 | 3435723 johnQpublic
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actually, greeces numbers are just as fudged as ours are. In fact, only 128 greek people have jobs. Everyone else quit looking. Now eating ipads for sustenance.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 14:14 | 3437425 Shocker
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That is Greek Unemployment... Don't even look at the US

Layoff/Closing List


Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:39 | 3435738 Edward Fiatski
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It's - "Haallo..."

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:56 | 3435798 caconhma
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Cyprus Bailout Size Increases By 35% In One Month To €23 Billion, 120% Of GDP.

Big deal. Stupid Germans will have to work harder and longer to support their euro-zone partners. It is all.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:27 | 3435700 Temporalist
Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:45 | 3435761 marketexpress
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Oh god gold bull run is over ..........


Its too much for everybody to own.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 11:08 | 3436382 Freddie
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Unemployment is O-Muslim's Amerika is probably close to 27%.  Nice job to f**ktards who voted for the mullah.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:03 | 3435647 Debtonation
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The crisis is over!

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:15 | 3435666 Sudden Debt
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since 2009....

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:06 | 3435651 ziggy59
Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:08 | 3435656 GetZeeGold
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Yeah.....I'd hang on to that.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:16 | 3435671 Sudden Debt
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well... first they repatriate it from New York and London...

will take between 7 to 7000 years...

and then they can sell it...


Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:21 | 3435681 Temporalist
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It's ok for the central bank to sell their "excess" gold.  I's excess, who needs that?  I'm sure 99.999% of their gold is excess since it's not money and just tradition.  Maybe the troika will let them keep a coin or two in a museum.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:22 | 3435900 SmallerGovNow2
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it was just part of yesterdays concerted global gold smack down...

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:10 | 3435658 persu
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Could anyone explain how long a society remains facific with these kind of numbers?

If a quarter of working age population is idle, it seems to me implausible that they will remain quiet for ever? In most countries benefits run out after a year or so, how is it in Greece?

Once a father cannot support children, they tend to become restless.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:14 | 3435665 Sudden Debt
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hahahahaha... ha....

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:37 | 3435945 Buckaroo Banzai
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At this rate, Greece should achieve 100% unemployment by 2025.

Then we'll find out who that faggot is!

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 10:09 | 3436070 markar
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Can you still be a country with 100% unemployment?

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:17 | 3435668 JustObserving
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Get your drachmas and print your way to prosperity.  It has been working so well for Japan, US and UK.  Miracle of miracles, the unemployment rate in the US is only 7.6%. And the stock market hits a new high everyday without fail.

Economic nirvana is a keystroke away.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:17 | 3435672 Temporalist
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They need the BLS to calculate for them if they want to really improve unemployment.  Forward Propaganda!

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:21 | 3435676 edb5s
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Maybe they could also consider slashing their labor force participation rate.  That does wonders for unemployment.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:23 | 3435688 booboo
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The Stepford Wife media serves at the pleasure of their government handlers bailing out their massive losses. Everything is coming up roses, especially in graveyards.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:26 | 3435694 orangegeek
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And as this is reported, the Euro climbs and of course the US Dollar falls - which keeps markets up. Isn't that weird?


Gold and Silver should rocket on this US Dollar move, but they are stalled.  That's even more weird.




Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:41 | 3435740 Quinvarius
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Gold isn't moving because it is stalking you.  Don't look away.  Every time you look back at it, it will be a little bit closer.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:09 | 3435847 new game
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gold spirits. pass the pipe-

and he shook a little dust out of his coonskin cap...


Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:36 | 3435729 Handful of Dust
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I doubt that 27% number includes all the illegal unemployed in Greece now roaming the streets. Sad and dangerous situation over there.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:39 | 3435735 Quinvarius
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Why don't these tards just default?  If they keep waiting, it will be too late.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:42 | 3435744 Iam Yue2
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"Finally, youth unemployment once again hit a record high 59.3% in January, even as unemployment among those aged 65-74 has soared from 0.9% in 2008 to 6.9% in 2013."


When you consider that everybody in Greece retires at 35, this is indeed a surprise!

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:04 | 3435824 tsuki
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You are confusing the US military with Greece. 

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:49 | 3435774 youngman
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"Why don't these tards just default? "

Because we keep giving them more money...why should they if they keep getting free the billions....

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:51 | 3435779 The Second Rule
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Actually, unemployment in the United States among 30-40 years olds (typically the highest wage earners) is higher than it is in Greece. Although this latest bump in Greek U may change that.

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 08:57 | 3435802 Smegley Wanxalot
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This is clearly Germany's fault!

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 09:59 | 3436030 Walt D.
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If you add the people who work directly or indirectly for the government to the 27.2%, what percentage of people are working in the private sector to support this?

(I suspect that if you used "not working and would like to work" in the US, it would be closer to 27.2% than to  the phony 7 or 8% U3 unemployment figures)

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 15:09 | 3436593 Turin Turambar
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Thu, 04/11/2013 - 14:03 | 3437370 pashley1411
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With unemployment numbers this big, I think it more accurate measure of labor nonparticipation is to pull out the government work force.  

What unemployment % should be measuring is what % of the workforce is employed in the wealth-creating sector, and so what % is unemployed.

So, with Greece, if we use the January numbers, there is a 5.0m labor pool.    Of that 5.0m, assuming 700k government workers, we have remaing to the wealth-creation sector 2.9m private sector workers, and 1.4 unemployed.  

That means in the wealth-creation sector, real un-utilized labor is 32.5%. 

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 16:27 | 3438021 MorningStar
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The 27% is the government's official stand but, in reality is probably around 35%+.


Same as in the United States.  Whenever the unemployment rate goes up then the givernment changes its formula to keep it down.

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