Youth unemployment rate in Italy 2019, by region

The financial crisis that burst out in 2008, alongside with the consequential problems on the labor market and high unemployment rates, affected in particular the south of Italy. Despite an overall improvement of the country’s economic situation over the last years, some significant differences between the regions still can be observed. When it comes to the unemployment rate, in 2019 Sicily, Calabria, and Campania were the three regions where the share of inhabitants without a job stood at about 20 percent.

More than 30 percent of young Italians without a job

The situation appears even more difficult for workers aged between 15 and 24 years. In the year considered, about half of the young citizens from the above-mentioned regions did not have job. Since 2010 the share of young citizens without a job in Italy has increased, reaching its peak in 2014. Despite a steadily improvement which started a year later, in 2018 still three out of ten young people did not have paid employment.

Youth unemployment in the EU

In January 2020, Italy was the EU Member State the second highest youth unemployment rate. The ranking was led by Greece, where about 36 percent of citizens younger than 25 years did not have job.

Youth unemployment rate in Italy in 2019, by region

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period


Age group

15-24 years

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