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Jobless up 13.4% to 3.1 mn in 2013

Almost half in south

28 February, 10:52
Jobless up 13.4% to 3.1 mn in 2013 (ANSA) - Rome, February 28 - The number of jobless rose 13.4% in 2013 to 3.1 million, Istat said Friday. Almost half the unemployed - 1.45 million - were in the poorer south of Italy or Mezzogiorno, the national statistics agency said.

Italy has been hit hard by two years of recession, the longest since the Second World War.

The first green shoots of recovery are peeping through and there are hopes new Premier Matteo Renzi will help them grow.