Italy’s unemployment rate fell to 10.3 percent in December of 2018 from 10.5 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 10.6 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since August of 2018. 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 8.00 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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 10.3% 10.5% 10.6% 10.3%
2019-03-01 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.3% 10.2%
2019-04-01 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.2%
2019-04-30 08:00 AM Unemployment Rate 10.1%



Italy Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Falls to 4-Month Low of 10.3%

Italy’s unemployment rate fell to 10.3 percent in December of 2018 from 10.5 percent in the previous month and below market expectations of 10.6 percent. It was the lowest jobless rate since August of 2018, as the number of unemployed declined by 1.6 percent and employment went up 0.1 percent.

The number of unemployed dropped by 44 thousand from the previous month to 2.691 million in December and the number of employed rose by 23 thousand to 23.261 million, while those detached from the labour force fell by 16 thousand to 13.216 million. 

Youth unemployment rate, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, went up to 31.9 percent from an upwardly revised 31.8 percent in November. 

The country's overall employment rate, one of the lowest in the Euro Area, edged up to 58.8 percent in December from an upwardly revised 58.7 percent in the prior month. The labour force participation rate 

In the three months to December, unemployment surged 63 thousand while employment increased slightly by 12 thousand compared with the previous period and those detached from the labour force dropped by 100 thousand. 

On an annual basis, unemployment declined by 137 thousand and employment surged 202 thousand while inactive people decreased by 197 thousand.


Istat | Agna Gabriel | agna.gabriel@tradingeconomics.com
1/31/2019 9:56:36 AM



Italy Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.30 10.50 13.10 5.80 percent [+]
Employed Persons 23269.46 23238.29 23347.86 22112.58 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2682.42 2735.27 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 58.80 58.70 58.90 55.30 percent [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 65.70 65.80 65.90 61.70 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 5.60 6.40 8.00 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 31.90 31.80 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 1.70 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 -0.30 0.60 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 February of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.30 10.50 13.10 5.80 1983 - 2018 percent Monthly




Country Last Previous
South Africa 27.10 Dec/18
Spain 14.45 Dec/18
Turkey 12.30 Nov/18
Brazil 11.60 Dec/18
Italy 10.30 Dec/18
Argentina 9.00 Sep/18
France 8.80 Dec/18
Euro Area 7.90 Dec/18
India 6.10 Dec/18
Saudi Arabia 6.00 Sep/18
Canada 5.80 Jan/19
Indonesia 5.34 Sep/18
Australia 5.00 Dec/18
Russia 4.80 Dec/18
South Korea 4.40 Jan/19
United Kingdom 4.00 Nov/18
United States 4.00 Jan/19
China 3.80 Dec/18
Netherlands 3.60 Dec/18
Mexico 3.40 Dec/18
Germany 3.30 Dec/18
Switzerland 2.80 Jan/19
Japan 2.40 Dec/18
Singapore 2.20 Dec/18


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