Italy Unemployment Rate  1983-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 11.7 percent in April 2016 compared with an upwardly revised 11.5 percent in the previous month, above market forecast of 11.4 percent. The rise in the unemployment rate was only due to previously discouraged workers deciding to seek employment while the number of employed rose for the second month running. Unemployment Rate in Italy averaged 9.33 percent from 1983 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 13.10 percent in November of 2014 and a record low of 5.70 percent in April of 2007. Unemployment Rate in Italy is reported by the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
11.70 11.50 13.10 5.70 1983 - 2016 percent Monthly
In Italy, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Italy Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Italy Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-04-01 08:00 AM Feb 11.7% 11.6% 11.5% 11.4%
2016-04-29 08:00 AM Mar 11.4% 11.6% 11.7% 11.6%
2016-05-31 08:00 AM Apr 11.7% 11.5% 11.4% 11.4%
2016-07-01 08:00 AM May 11.7% 11.6%
2016-07-29 08:00 AM Jun 11.5%
2016-08-31 08:00 AM Jul 11.5%

Italy Jobless Rate Rises to 11.7% in April


Italy's seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose to 11.7 percent in April 2016 compared with an upwardly revised 11.5 percent in the previous month, above market forecast of 11.4 percent. The rise in the unemployment rate was only due to previously discouraged workers deciding to seek employment while the number of employed rose for the second month running.

In April, the number of unemployed persons rose by 50 thousand or by 1.7 percent to 2.986 million from 2.936 million in March, while the number of employed persons rose by 51 thousand or by 0.2 percent to 22.634 million from 22.583 million in the previous month. The employment rate, one of the lowest in the Euro Area, went up to to a five-year high of 56.9 percent from 56.8 percent in March and the activity rate also rose sharply. In contrast, the inactivity rate, which measures those neither in work nor looking for work, stood at 35.4 percent, its lowest level since the current statistical series began in 1977.

Youth unemployment rate (aged 15-24) went up to 36.9 percent from 36.7 percent the month before.

Year-on-year, the number of unemployed fell by 93 thousand or by 3 percent while the the number of employed increased by 215 thousand or by 1 percent.

Istat | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/31/2016 10:04:25 AM

Italy Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 11.70 11.50 13.10 5.70 percent [+]
Employed Persons 22633.67 22582.70 23181.48 22099.77 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2986.07 2936.36 3360.15 1378.73 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 34311.00 34170.00 34311.00 19609.00 Thousand [+]
Full Time Employment 135326.00 137390.00 148487.00 132977.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 56.90 56.80 58.90 55.30 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 64.20 64.50 64.70 57.20 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 6.90 6.20 8.00 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 36.90 36.70 43.50 17.90 percent [+]
Labour Costs 109.01 110.22 110.22 44.50 Index Points [+]
Productivity 109.01 110.22 110.22 24.50 Index Points [+]
Wages 2167.84 2140.98 2167.84 1482.88 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 111.70 111.70 111.70 2.20 Index Points [+]
Wage Growth 0.60 0.60 16.00 0.60 percent [+]
Population 60.80 60.78 60.80 50.03 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.80 62.70 63.80 59.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.30 66.15 66.30 59.00 [+]
Employment Change 0.30 0.30 1.10 -0.90 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 1880.00 1960.00 1960.00 1880.00 EUR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 885.00 938.00 938.00 885.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1280.00 1390.00 1660.00 1280.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2350.00 2400.00 2500.00 2350.00 EUR/Month [+]




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