ATHENS, June 14 Greece's jobless rate rose to
22.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 from 20.7 percent in
the previous three-month period as economic activity slumped,
the country's statistics service said on Thursday.
It was the highest quarterly unemployment rate since this
data series started in 1998. The jobless rate in the first
quarter of 2011 was 15.9 percent.
Greece has already published monthly unemployment figures up
to March.. The quarterly data are based on a
bigger survey sample and provide detailed figures for each
sector of the economy.