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Only 61% of working-age Italians have jobs, says Istat

Employment levels below 75% target set by EU

11 February, 15:38
Only 61% of working-age Italians have jobs, says Istat (See related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 11 - About 61% of working-age adult Italians have jobs, well below the target of 75% employment set by the European Union, national statistical agency Istat said Tuesday.

The agency measured employment levels among people aged between 20 and 64 years in 2012 for its report titled Noi Italia.

It also found that the level of women working in Italy is only about 50.5%, one of the worst in Europe, while about 71.6% of eligible men had jobs in 2012.

The European average level of employment in 2012 was 68.5%.

Meanwhile, Istat reported that Italy has one of the highest percentages of long-term unemployment, defined as being jobless for at least 12 months.

Italy's figure was 52.5% of total unemployed versus 44.4% of EU average.

The southern half of the country accounted for 59.8% of the long-term unemployed with about 37.6% in the North.

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