A 14.6 pct of total enterprises have suspended operations in Greece, report shows

Around 205,984 (or 14.6 pct of total) enterprises, with a workforce of at least 1,063,098 workers (25.4 pct of total) are currently in a suspension of operation status under state order, as part of measures to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus in Greece.

These enterprises had a turnover of 1.02 billion euros in February 2020 and a value of exports reaching 32.5 million euros, Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said in a report on Thursday.

The statistics service said that 179,573 enterprises with a workforce of up to nine workers (employing 400,899 workers) were currently in this status, while enterprises with a workforce of 10-49 workers totaled 16,608 (employing 301,039 workers). A total of 1,302 enterprises with a workforce of 50-249 workers (employing 118,419 workers) were in suspension mode, while 255 enteprises with a workforce of more than 250 workers (employing 242,741 workers) were in this state.

Among the country’s regions, Eastern Macedonia-Thrace had 1,346 enterprises in suspension, Central Macedonia (5,131), Western Macedonia (596), Epirus (1,058), Thessaly (1,775), Central Greece (1,185), Ionian Islands (1,450), Western Greece (1,665)d, Peloponese (1,590), Attica (11,828), Northern Aegean (622), South Aegean (2,596) and Crete (2,169).

The sectors with the biggest percentage rate of suspension were education (88.8 pct), hotels (87.1 pct), sport facilities/entertainment (86.7 pct) and restaurants (80.9 pct).