Date: Friday, 16-December-2011, 4:55 AM | Message # 1
Greek unemployment hit a record high this summer despite a rise in tourism.
Job centres filled up as construction companies, manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers shed workers -- nearly 180,000 in the last year alone -- as tax hikes and spending cuts drag the economy further into recession.
Unemployment jumped to 17.7 percent of the working population between July and September. It was 16.3 percent in the previous three-month period and 15.9 percent earlier in the year.