Portugal’s jobless rate rose to a euro-era record 15 percent in the three months through June as the country’s economy contracted for a seventh quarter.
The unemployment rate increased from 14.9 percent in the first three months and 12.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011, the Lisbon-based National Statistics Institute said today in an e-mailed statement.
The government forecasts unemployment will increase to 15.5 percent for all of 2012 and to 15.9 percent in 2013.
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