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The Istat photograph gives the positive suggestion of a slight growth in employment in March, a first sign after the long health emergency. But compared to February 2020, the last month before the pandemic, the employed in Italy are almost 900 thousand fewer and the employment rate is 2 percentage points lower. This was revealed by the latest report from the Statistics Institute.
Over the same period, employment decreased for all population groups, but the decline was more marked among temporary employees (-9.4%), the self-employed (-6.6%) and younger workers (- 6.5% among the under 35).
Also compared to February 2020, despite the fact that the number of unemployed is stable, the unemployment rate increases by 0.4 points and the number of inactive people is still higher by more than 650 thousand units, with the inactivity rate higher by 2 points.
The growth in employment (+ 0.2%, equal to + 34 thousand units) involves men, temporary employees, the self-employed and all age groups with the exception of 35-49 year-olds who, on the other hand, decrease as well as women and permanent employees. The employment rate rises to 56.6% (+0.1 points).
The decline in the number of job seekers (-0.8% compared to February, equal to -19 thousand units) concerns men and the over 25s, while an increase is observed among women and young people aged 15-24. The unemployment rate falls to 10.1% (-0.1 points) and rises among young people to 33.0% (+1.1 points).
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