Number of jobseekers in Greece rises close to 800,000

The number of people registered with Greece’s unemployment office rose by 9 percent to almost 800,000 in December compared to a year earlier.

The OAED Manpower Organization said that 797,578 are registered with the agency as being in search of work. The December figure was an increase of 11,342, or 1.44 percent, on the previous month.

It also represented a rise of 66,957, or 9.16 percent, from December 2011.

Just over 57 percent of those looking for work are women. A quarter of the jobseekers are under 30.

Some 47 percent of all those looking for work have secondary school education, 15.51 percent have completed tertiary education.