Thursday, March 03, 2011

Job seeker. Thessaloniki, Greece

Thousands of people have thronged Thessaloniki (Greece's second largest city) city hall in order to apply for one of 900 jobs as road cleaners. Applicants include people with professional qualificatiosn such as architects and civil engineers according to local TV channels who interviewed those queing this morning.

While Athens says that unemployment nationwide is 14.9% trade unions and opposition parties claim that the figure is much higher, especially in the north which has seen much of its industrial base close down or move to neighbouring Balkan countries.

According to the latest Eurostate figures the Greek economy shrank at an annual rate of 6.6% in the last quarter of 2010, up from the 5.7% recorded in the third quarter.

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