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Officials say unemployment weak among G-20 nations

Amaya Munoz Garcia, 31, cries as she receives support from a member of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH) while she waits to be evicted in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Munoz Garcia has accumulated 8,000 euros ($10,503) in debt including interest since she stopped paying rent after she lost her job ten months ago. She has been unable to find a new job. The eviction was finally postponed with the help of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH), who are trying to negotiate a social rent and a payment plan. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

GENEVA (AP) -- Top international labor and development officials say almost a third of the 93 million people unemployed in the Group of 20 major economic powers have been out of work for more than a year.

Guy Ryder, head of the U.N.'s International Labor Organization, and Angel Gurria, head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, say the rate of employment growth remains weak in most G-20 countries, which represent 80 percent of the world's economic output.

The two agencies released data Wednesday showing unemployment dropped slightly in half the G20 countries, but rose among the other half — with unemployment highest, above 25 per cent, in South Africa and Spain.

Among the 93 million unemployed in early 2013, about 30 per cent on average were jobless over a year.