Gentiloni hails employment record rise (2)

'Still much to be done' says PM

(ANSA) - Rome, August 31 - Premier Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday hailed the rise in Italian employment to a post-2008 high. Gentiloni tweeted: "employed Italians over 23 million, a record. "Still a lot to be done against unemployment, but positive effects of #jobs act and recovery".
    Ex-premier Matteo Renzi, the leader of Gentiloni's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), earlier said his controversial 2014 Jobs Act labour-market hiring-and-firing reform had created almost a million jobs.
    "ISTAT data: +918THOUSAND jobs since February 2014 to today.
    The #Jobs Act creates a million jobs, now #forward", he tweeted, citing the title of his recent book.
    Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said "there is a recovery, all the data say so, from GDP to employment to confidence. "Therefore a recovery picture is consolidating, which must become structural from cyclical, and the government is continuing to work in this direction".
    President Sergio Mattarella also welcomed the jobs data. "Italy is composed of many sides and let's hope they are all comforting," he said.
    The number of people in work rose above 23 million in July, for the first time since 2008, the start of Italy's long recession, ISTAT said Thursday. The number of employed in July was 23.063 million, the highest since October 2008 when it was 23.081 million.
    The number of people in work in Italy rose by 59,000 (0.3%) between June and July, and by 294,000 between July 2017 and July 2017, a gain of 1.3%, ISTAT said.
    Italy's unemployment rate rose 0.2% to 11.3% from June to July, ISTAT said.
    Italy's youth unemployment rate rose 0.3% between June and July, to 35.5%, the national statistics agency said.
    Italy's rate of 'inactivity' fell sharply to a new low of 34.4%.
    photo: Gentiloni and Padoan

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