After Five-Month Fall, Greece's Jobless Rate Rises Again

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FILE - An elderly man passes by homeless men in Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS – Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras lost an arguing point with his claim of a recovery for Greece when data showed that after a five-month decline the unemployment rate rose again in June.

The number of people on the jobless rolls that month was more than 923,000, up by nearly 12,000 over May. In June, 2017, the overall figure was 911,000 people, the spike a worrying indicator.

The number includes people out of work who have stopped looking but still registered on official rolls. The rate for the long-term unemployed, those out of work than a year and whose benefits expire at that point, was 60 percent.

The most affected category is in the 30-44 age group, with 39 percent of those still listed with the Manpower Employment Agency in that range, although the hardest-hit remain those under 25, with Greece's unemployment rate still the highest in the European Union.