ATHENS, June 8 Greece's jobless rate dropped to
22.5 percent in March from a downwardly revised 22.9 percent in
the previous month, statistics agency ELSTAT said on Thursday,
but remained the euro zone's highest.
February's jobless rate was revised lower from 23.2 percent.
The seasonally adjusted data showed that the number of
officially unemployed reached 1.068 million people. Hardest hit
were young people aged 15 to 24 years, with their jobless rate
dropping to 46.6 percent from 50 percent in March last year.
Greece's jobless rate hit a record high of 27.9 percent in
September 2013. It has come down from record highs but remains
more than double the euro zone's average.
Unemployment in the 19 countries sharing the euro stood at
9.4 percent in March.
Greece's economy expanded in the first three months of 2017.
Economic output grew 0.4 percent compared to the final quarter
The government expects the jobless rate to drop to 22.8
percent this year from 23.5 percent in 2016. It sees its economy
expanding by 1.8 percent.
(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos)