Greece's unemployment rate has fallen by two percentage points in three months, according to official figures.

In the first three months of the year, the unemployment rate stood at 26.6% - more than a quarter of Greece's working age population. That figure fell to 24.6% in the second three months of the year.

Unemployment in Greece was at its highest in the first quarter of 2014, when it hit 27.8%.

Although there is clearly a long way to go, the latest figures come as a welcome sign for a country that has been embroiled in financial and political turmoil for much of 2015.

The fall may also have an important bearing on the outcome of the general election, which takes place in two days' time.

Despite the fall in unemployment, the number of long-term unemployed stands at 71.4%. It means that nearly three quarters of Greece's 1.16 million unemployed people have been without a job for more than six months.