Italy’s unemployment rate fell to 10.5 percent in November 2018 from 10.6 percent in the previous month but above market expectations of 10.1 percent. The number of unemployed declined by 0.9 percent while employment remained unchanged. Unemployment Rate in Italy averaged 9.46 percent from 1983 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 13.10 percent in November of 2014 and a record low of 5.80 percent in April of 2007.

Unemployment Rate in Italy is expected to be 10.10 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Italy to stand at 9.40 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Italy Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 9.50 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-10-01 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate 9.7% 10.2% 10.5% 10.5%
2018-10-31 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.1% 9.8% 9.9% 9.7%
2018-11-30 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.6% 10.3% 10.1% 9.9%
2019-01-09 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.6% 10.1% 10.2%
2019-01-31 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.30%
2019-03-01 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.70%
2019-04-01 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.10%



Italy Jobless Rate Falls Less than Expected in November

Italy’s unemployment rate fell to 10.5 percent in November 2018 from 10.6 percent in the previous month but above market expectations of 10.1 percent. The number of unemployed declined by 0.9 percent while employment remained unchanged.

The number of unemployed dropped by 25 thousand from the previous month to 2.735 million in November, while the number of employed was virtually unchanged at 23.238 million and those detached from the labour force rose by 26 thousand to 13.229 million.

Youth unemployment rate, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, went down to 31.6 percent from 32.2 percent in October. 

The country's overall employment rate, one of the lowest in the Euro Area, was at 58.6 percent, unchanged from the previous period. The labour force participation rate fell to 65.7 percent from 65.8 percent.

In the three months to November, unemployment increased by 35 thousand while employment decreased by 26 thousand compared with the June-to-August period. Temporary employment edged up while declined fof permanent contracts and independent.


Istat | Stefanie Moya | stefanie.moya@tradingeconomics.com
1/9/2019 9:34:30 AM



Italy Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.50 10.60 13.10 5.80 percent [+]
Employed Persons 23238.29 23242.43 23347.86 22112.58 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2735.27 2760.04 3346.03 1412.49 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 35080.58 36415.20 36415.20 19609.13 Hundreds Person [+]
Full Time Employment 144859.08 144415.16 148487.11 132977.43 Hundreds Person [+]
Employment Rate 58.60 58.60 58.90 55.30 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.70 65.80 65.90 61.70 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 6.40 6.70 8.00 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 31.60 32.20 43.30 19.40 percent [+]
Productivity 104.90 104.60 108.50 24.50 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 107.00 105.00 108.50 44.50 Index Points [+]
Wages 2434.00 2431.00 2434.00 1165.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 113.70 113.70 113.70 2.20 Index Points [+]
Wage Growth 1.70 1.80 15.80 0.30 percent [+]
Population 60.48 60.59 60.80 50.03 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.58 65.58 65.58 59.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 66.58 66.58 66.58 59.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 1440.00 1460.00 1460.00 1320.00 EUR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 935.00 950.00 950.00 825.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 2340.00 2500.00 2650.00 2340.00 EUR/Month [+]
Employment Change 0.50 0.20 1.10 -0.90 percent [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1130.00 1330.00 1390.00 1130.00 EUR/Month [+]


Italy Unemployment Rate

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 January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.50 10.60 13.10 5.80 1983 - 2018 percent Monthly




Country Last Previous
South Africa 27.50 Sep/18
Spain 14.55 Sep/18
Brazil 11.60 Nov/18
Turkey 11.60 Oct/18
Italy 10.50 Nov/18
France 9.10 Sep/18
Argentina 9.00 Sep/18
Euro Area 7.90 Nov/18
Saudi Arabia 6.00 Jun/18
Canada 5.60 Dec/18
Indonesia 5.34 Sep/18
Australia 5.10 Nov/18
Russia 4.80 Nov/18
United Kingdom 4.10 Oct/18
United States 3.90 Dec/18
China 3.80 Dec/18
South Korea 3.80 Dec/18
Netherlands 3.60 Dec/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.30 Nov/18
Mexico 3.30 Nov/18
Switzerland 2.70 Dec/18
Japan 2.50 Nov/18
Singapore 2.10 Sep/18


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