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Recession-linked suicides up to 149 in 2013 from 89 in 2012

Job losses, money problems, tax arrears blamed

15 February, 19:53
Recession-linked suicides up to 149 in 2013 from 89 in 2012 (ANSA) - Rome, February 15 - Suicides linked to Italy's longest postwar recession rose to 149 in 2013 from 89 the previous year, the Link Lab research agency said Saturday.

The main causes were losing jobs, being desperate for money and being unable to pay tax bills, it said, adding that the trend was the same all over Italy. The recession officially ended in the third quarter of 2013 when growth was flat after eight GDP drops, and GDP rose by 0.1% in the fourth quarter, according to preliminary estimates from statistics agency Istat.

But it will be a while before the economy picks up enough to deliver real benefits to struggling households, analysts say. Premier-in-waiting Matteo Renzi has vowed to boost the economy with a wide-ranging programme of tax cuts, labour-market reforms and incentives for businesses.

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