Greek unemployment hits new record of 27.2 pct in January

ATHENS, April 11 Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:09am EDT

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ATHENS, April 11 (Reuters) - Greece's jobless rate scaled a new record of 27.2 percent in January from a revised 25.7 percent in December, the country's statistics service ELSTAT said on Thursday.

It was the highest unemployment rate since the statistics service began publishing jobless data in 2006 as an austerity-fuelled recession continued to pummel the labour market.

The rate was more than twice the euro zone's average unemployment reading of 12 percent.