Italy’s unemployment rate stabilizes

Italy's unemployment rate stabilizes
More than 3 million people are looking for work in Italy. Photo: Controluce/AFP
Italy's unemployment rate remained stable at 12.0 percent in July, the same level as in June, a preliminary estimate by the national statistics agency Istat showed on Friday.

On a 12-month comparison the unemployment rate rose by 1.3 percentage points, Istat said in a statement.

The number of people looking for work rose to 3.076 million – a 0.3 percentage point increase from June, according to the seasonally adjusted data.

Among the active working population of 15 to 24-year-olds, the unemployment rate rose to 39.5 percent – a 0.4-percentage point increase from June and 4.3 points higher than in July 2012, Istat said.

Italy has been mired in a recession for two years and unemployment has been rising for months. The government has said it is expecting a gradual recovery to start towards the end of this year.

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