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UN Warns of ‘Catastrophic’ Rise in European Youth Unemployment if Greece Left Eurozone

The UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) has warned of a “catastrophic” rise in unemployment, especially among the young, if debt-wracked Greece were to leave the eurozone or if the bloc were to split.


“It would be a catastrophe for the European youth,” Ekkehard Ernst, a senior economist at the body told the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Unemployment in crisis-hit Spain would rise to 27.7pc by 2014, the ILO economist calculated, with jobless rates among 15-24 year-olds rising to 51.3pc. Portugal would also suffer a crippling rise in unemployment, AFP reported.

In Germany, Europe’s top economy, which is currently enjoying unemployment rates near record lows, close to one-in-10 would be without a job by 2014.

“The average unemployment rate in the 17 eurozone member states would rise to 13pc,” Mr Ernst told the paper.

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