Unemployment rate in Italy 2019, by region

In 2019, 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 amounted to about 20 percent, led in the ranking of Italian regions with the highest unemployment rates. The disparities in unemployment indicators can be observed not only on the regional level, but also among genders. In the year considered, almost one in four women in Calabria were without a job, whereas the share of unemployed males was of 19.6 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 January 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 18 percent of all potential employees did not have any occupation.

Unemployment rate in Italy in 2019, by region

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April 2020



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