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Almost quarter of Italy's young don't work or study

Bank of Italy said 2.2 million NEETs in 2010

08 November, 11:46
Almost quarter of Italy's young don't work or study (ANSA) - Rome, November 8 - Almost a quarter of young Italians aged between 15 and 29 do not work or study, the Bank of Italy has said in a report.

The report said that Italy had 2.2 million NEETS (people Not in Education, Employment or Training) in that age group in 2010, 23.4% of the total. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano recently called youth unemployment ''central'' to social unrest in Italy, which manifested itself in mid October when an initially peaceful protest against corporate greed and the lack of opportunities for young people attended by around 200,000 people in Rome turned into a riot. Last month statistics agency ISTAT said 29.3% of Italy's 15-to-24-year-olds were out of work in September, the highest level since the beginning of 2004.

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