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Government measures to boost employment, labor minister says

Simplifying labour market will create jobs according to Poletti

14 March, 11:49
Government measures to boost employment, labor minister says (ANSA) - Rome, March 14 - Labour Minister Giuliano Poletti on Friday said measures approved by the government this week to simplify the labour market will boost employment.

In interviews published by left-wing daily L'Unita' and Catholic newspaper Avvenire, Poletti said reforms approved by the cabinet on Wednesday "have kick started a simplification process which means to create favorable and clear conditions to help the jobless enter the labour market".

Measures in the so-called Jobs Act announced by Premier Matteo Renzi to curb Italy's record unemployment rate would include one type of contract replacing a plethora of temporary contracts currently in place which provide little stability and few benefits. Also, temporary contracts could run up to three years without the need for an employer to motivate their short-term duration, as required by standing legislation, while apprenticeship programs would be simplified.

In a later phase, universal assistance for the unemployed, including a pool of 1.5 billion euros, could provide aid for about 900,000 people.

Poletti also told the newspapers that, with the reform, "an entrepreneur could hire personnel in a simple way and without fear".

According to the latest figures released by national statistics agency Istat, unemployment in January hit a record 12.9%.

Also, youth unemployment rose to 42.4% in January, the highest since 1977.

Istat reported that some 478,000 jobs were lost in Italy in 2013, the worst year since the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, with an average annual jobless rate of 12.2% last year.