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Unemployment up to to 12.9% in January

Highest since 1977

28 February, 10:39
Unemployment up to to 12.9% in January (ANSA) - Rome, February 28 - Unemployment in Italy jumped two points in January to 12.9%, the highest since 1977, Istat said in a preliminary estimate Friday.

The rate was up 1.1% on the year.

The jobless are close to 3.3 million, the statistics agency said.

In December the unemployment rate rose 0.1%, its first rise since June, in what was seen as confirmation Italy is slowly emerging from its longest postwar recession.

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