Nearly 1.1 million Greeks are unemployed, more that 1,000 people lose their jobs every day! Young people are most affected by the job losses, with more than half — 52.8 percent — of those in the 15-24 age group out of work in March, compared to 42 percent in the same month last year.
The number of employed in March 2012 was estimated at 3,843,905 people. Unemployed amounted to 1,075,081, while the economically active population stood at 3,372,144...
The number of employed people decreased by 342,134 compared to March 2011 (-8.2%) and by 24,996 compared to February 2012 (-0.6%).
According to the European Statistics authority 27,7% of the Greek population is living in poverty and social exclusion, while the highest poverty rates recorded in Romania and Bulgaria (41%), Latvia (38%), Lithuania (33%), Hungary (30%) and Poland (27.8%)!
More specifically, in Greece, 28.7% of children, 27.7% of the population aged 18 to 6 and 26.7% of people over 65 live into poverty.
These statistics refer to 2010 (in 2009 the same amount was 20%) so imagine how dramatic will be the reports for 2011 with the wage cuts, the unemployment and the new taxes!
I wonder if there will be any statistics at all for 2012...
Greece was the second EU country with the highest unemployment rate, after Spain (22.7%).
In comparison with October 2011 unemployment in Greece was increased by 5.3% within a 12 month period!!
For the same month, Greece had the second highest unemployment rate in the EU for young people under 25 (47.2% when Spain reached 48.3%).
According to the plans, civil servants must be decreased by 22.4% from 775,994 to 602.472 people during the period 2010-2015!
IMF Poul Thomsen asked Greece to act with aggression in order to close unneeded state organizations and also keep on with non-voluntary dismissals, stating the content of the latest negotiations among the Greek government and the international lenders.
IMF demands that the public employment in Greece will be one of the lowest in the EU by 2015.
The president of ESEE Vassilis Korkidis during the presentation the annual exhibition on Greek commerce in 2011, highlighted the dramatic conditions in the Greek market.
The studies indicated that during the last 2 years 60,000 businesses had to close down due to the crisis. Mr. Korkidis, described the situation in the Greek market as critical and referred to the totally ineffective absorption of EU funds which could help the Greek businesses.
Most of them said that they trust only themselves (62.7%)! The political parties rate seem to inspire only 0.6% of them!
66% of respondents stated that they are willing to leave the country for a job opportunity abroad.
When asked what word best expresses the psychology of this period, only 1.1% of respondents answered the "happiness". Moreover, the word "hope" was the answer of 8.3%.
In contrast, "anxiety" dominates with a 35.7% followed by "pessimism / fear" (28%) and "anger" (17.9%)!
The Greek government plans to extent the reducing of salaries above €1,000/month starting from the new list of hazardous occupations,according to information from Capital.gr.
The Employment Ministry is prepared to deal with strong reactions of business organizations and chambers in regards to the new list of hazardous occupations, which is likely to comply with party and business interests insted of scientific studies.
At the same time, there is a plan to reduce wages over €1,000/month in order to accomplish structural changes in payroll.
The key argument is that the high labour costs will decrease competitiveness and affect exporting, the only way that Greece can get out of economic recession.
About 4,000 state sector employees who have reached full retirement age are set to retire immediately.
The rest of them are forced to enter a pre-pension status. There are also some employees who voluntarily leave their posts.
Such type of measures are put into practice for the first time in recent history, and it is very likely that the State will be soon asked to address labour shortages.
The financial Ministry aims to reduce public expenses by 30%.
Unemployed people with even only one working day in 2011 are required to pay the special contribution of solidarity and even with the increase of 1% per month!
As mentioned in "Eleftherotypia", thousands of unemployed who had applied for exemption from the special contribution of solidarity, will not considered as 'jobless' since the law does not recognize a person as unemployed if prior to their inclusion in the Employment Service, had even an one day income!!!
The relevant notes of rejected applications for exemption will be received by the citizens soon... with the surcharge from August.
Mr. Venizelos stated that "the new budget could under certain conditions to begin the reversal of the country's path to primary surplus".
The basic provisions of the new budget are:
The deficit is expected to reach 5.4% of GDP
The decrease in the amount of interest can reach 5 billion euros (cash basis) in 2012 and 13.6billion until 2014.
The budget revenues will increase by 4.56% to 59.184 billion euros (from 54.673 in 2011) and the expenditures will decrease to 72.557 from 77.632 billion in 2011
Greece's jobless rate hit a record high of 18.4 % in August (from 16.5 % in July). In 2010 the unemployment rate was 12.2 %.
In August, the joblessness rate among young people, aged between 15 and 24, was 43.5 % (with 30.8% in 2010)!
The economically active population is now 4.034.537 people, while the number of economically non-active is 4.403.503 people!