Youth unemployment surges to 73pc in parts of Greece

Suzie Neuwirth

YOUTH unemployment in parts of Greece has hit 72.5 per cent, according to Eurostat, the European Commission’s statistics office.

72.5 per cent of young people are out of work in Dytiki Makedonia, followed by the Spanish regions Ceuta and Canarias, where 70.6 per cent and 62.6 per cent of people aged 15 to 24 are unemployed respectively.

The figures highlight the rising disparity between Southern and Northen European economies, as parts of Germany have the lowest unemployment rates, with some regions recording figures below five per cent.

Ceuta has the highest unemployment rate overall at 38.5 per cent, followed by other Spanish regions Andalucia, Extremadura and Canarias.