Greek October unemployment drops to 16.6%, lowest since April 2011

ATHENS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Greece’s jobless rate eased to 16.6% in October from a downwardly revised 16.8% in the previous month, data from the country’s statistics service ELSTAT showed on Thursday.

It was the lowest jobless rate since April 2011.

Seasonally adjusted data showed the number of unemployed at 780,913 people, with those aged up to 24 bearing the brunt of being out of work.

Among younger persons aged 15 to 24, the jobless rate fell to 35.6% from 39.4% in the same month in 2018. Greece’s jobless rate, which hit a record high of 27.8% in September 2013, has been falling since but remains the highest in the euro zone.

Greece’s 2020 budget projects growth picking up to 2.8% this year from 2% in 2019, helping to bring the jobless rate down to 15.6% from 17.4% last year. (Reporting by George Georgiopoulos and Angeliki Koutantou)