Alice Carneiro, 37, center, and Ana Abrantes, 30, both unemployed, have a coffee after visiting a job center in Lisbon, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Abrantes lost her job as taxi dispatcher fifteen days ago, while Carneiro has been looking for a job for one year after finishing her contract as a firefighter. Portugal's National Statistics Institute says the country's unemployment rate rose to a record 16.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. The institute said in a report Wednesday that just over 923.000 people were out of work by the end of 2012. The jobless rate in the third quarter was 15.8 percent. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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