Record job losses in 2020, down 456,000

(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 12 – Italy saw a record loss in employment
last year with some 456,000 jobs disappearing, an unprecedented
annual fall of 2.0%, ISTAT said Friday.
    Employment, which had risen to a record high in 2018 and 2019, fell one percentage point to 58.1%, while unemployment also
fell, by 0.8%, to 9.2%.
    Payrolled workers were down 1.7%. the statistics agency said.
    The amount of hours worked was down 13.6%.
    The recourse to the CIG lay-off fund was up 139.4% in terms of
hours.
    All of the data were more marked in services than in industry,
ISTAT said.
    In the last quarter of 2020, however, there was a 2% rise in the
number of those employed compared to the previous quarter, the
stats agency said.
    However, the year-on-year result was a 1.8% fall.
    The number of women who lost their jobs last year was more than
men in percentage terms, showing a drop of 2.5%, or 249,000
units. (ANSA).
   

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