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Discouraged Italian workers hit new record in 2013

1.79 million given up hope of finding jobs

28 February, 11:24
Discouraged Italian workers hit new record in 2013 (ANSA) - Rome, February 28 - The number of people in Italy who have given up the search for work is still growing, Italian statistical agency Istat said on Friday.

The so-called "discouraged", who have surrendered to the idea that there is no hope of finding employment reached an average of 1.79 million in 2013, growing 11.6% over the previous year. Discouraged men rose 20.5%. Women inched up 7.5%. It is the worst showing since records began being kept in 2004.

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