Unemployment jumps to 18.2 pct in October

Greece’s unemployment rate jumped to 18.2 percent in October, up from 17.5 percent in September and 13.5 percent a year earlier, data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTA) showed Thursday.

Earlier predictions had put the figure at 18 percent.

According to ELSTA, 219.478 people have left the labor market since October 2010, putting the total number of unemployed at 903.525.

Unemployment among youth, aged between 15 and 24, reached 45.5 percent, the data showed.