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Unemployment rate in Italy 2020, by region

Between July and September 2020, the highest unemployment rate was registered in the South of Italy. Calabria, Sicily, and Campania, the three regions where the shares of citizens without a job ranged from 18.7 percent to 21.6 percent. The disparities in unemployment indicators can be observed not only on the regional level, but also among genders. In 2019, almost one in four women in Calabria were without a job, whereas the share of unemployed males was of 20.2 percent. The region with the highest percentage of employed individuals, both men and women, was Trentino-South Tyrol.

Economic crisis in Italy

Unemployment is a serious problem in Italy, which began to worsen alongside with the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008. The crisis in the Italian labor market reached its peak in 2014, when 12.7 percent of the citizens were without a job. Since 2015, the situation has been improving; the unemployment rate started a steadily decrease, which continued in the following years.

Unemployment in the EU

In September 2020, Italy ranked third in the EU classification of member states with the highest unemployment rate. The first country in the ranking was Greece, where more than 15 percent of all potential employees did not have any occupation.

Unemployment rate in Italy in the 2nd quarter and in the 3rd quarter of 2020, by region

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period

Q2 and Q3 2020

Age group

15 years and older

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