Greece's jobless rate dropped to 26.6% in the second quarter compared with 27.8% in the first three months of this year, data from the country's statistics service showed today. 

The rate was the lowest recorded since the fourth quarter of 2012, when unemployment reached 26.2%. 

About 74.4% of Greece's 1.28 million jobless are long-term unemployed, meaning they have been out of work for at least 12 months, the figures showed. 

Greece has already published monthly unemployment figures through June, which differ from quarterly data because they are based on different samples. Quarterly figures are not seasonally adjusted. 

Hit hard by austerity policies, Greece's annual average unemployment rate reached 27.3% in 2013 from 24.2% in the previous year.