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Italian unemployment rate goes up again in December

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Italian unemployment rate goes up again in December
Italy's jobless rate rose slightly in December. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
11:46 CET+01:00
Italy's jobless rate rose to 11.4 percent in December, up from 11.3 percent in November, according to figures from the national statistics office, Istat.

But the good news is that even though the rate was up slightly, it's 0.9 percent lower than in the same month in 2014.

Some 2.8 million people were looking for work in December, Istat said, up by 18,000 on November but down by 254,000 on December 2014.

Meanwhile, December saw another fall in youth unemployment, where the rate dropped to a still very high 37.9 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds being out of a job – the lowest in three years.

Across the eurozone, unemployment fell to 10.4 percent in December from 10.5 percent in November, according to data from Eurostat. 

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