ISTAT data show Jobs Act worked - Renzi

Over 23 million Italians employed, 'not seen since 2008'

(ANSA) - Rome, August 31 - Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said Thursday that figures released by the national statistics bureau ISTAT proved the success of his flagship reform in creating jobs. Renzi resigned in December 2016 after the rejection of his constitutional reform. "The ISTAT data released today will be commented on by politicians in a variety of ways," he wrote on Facebook. "But the figures are simple and clear and you cannot argue when it comes to numbers. Over 23 million Italians are working, a level unseen since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008." "The most interesting figure," he continued, "is that since February 2014, at the beginning of #MilleGiorni, some 918,000 jobs have been created, including 565,000 ones with open-ended contracts (61%). This means that a million jobs are within reach. But to create a million jobs there was a need for the Jobs Act reform and not an electoral campaign slogan." The legislation eased firing restrictions for large companies, while offering fiscal incentives for firms that hired permanent workers on new, less protected terms. "Jobs Act worked well," he said, "and it would be nice if this was recognized even by those who have insulted us over these past few years."