(ANSA) - Rome, February 28 - Premier Matteo Renzi's
government will move quickly to pass its Jobs Act to promote
business investment, improve labour market efficiency while
cutting relevant taxes, Labour Minister Giuliano Poletti said
Friday after the release of record-high unemployment figures.
National statistical agency Istat reported Friday that
between 2008 and 2013, a total of 984,000 jobs in Italy were
lost to the economic crisis - something that was "shocking"
Renzi posted on his Twitter account during a meeting of the
"Unemployment is at 12.9%. Shocking numbers, the highest
for 35 years," tweeted Renzi, who has previously described
Italy's unemployment rates, as "merciless and devastating".