Greece's registered unemployment rate hit a record of 27.2 per cent in January, data showed on Thursday (April 11), reflecting the depth of the country's recession after years of austerity imposed under an international bailout.

The jobless rate has almost tripled since the country's debt crisis emerged in 2009, and was more than twice the euro zone's average unemployment rate of 12 percent. The latest figure rose from a revised 25.7 percent in December, the country's Statistics Service (ELSTAT) said.

Youth unemployment - among those aged between 15 and 24 - stood at 59.3 percent in January, up from 51 percent in the same month in 2012.

The high jobless rate means Greeks are pessimistic about their economic prospects.

Greece's economy is in its sixth year of recession, battered by the tax hikes and spending cuts demanded by its European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders. The economy is expected to shrink a further 4.5 percent this year.

Meanwhile, the government and the troika have been in tough talks to finalise more reforms.

The talks with Greece's international lenders were set to continue next week.

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