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Over 1.1 mln Italian under 35 jobless: report

(Xinhua)

14:34, August 25, 2011

ROME, Aug.24 (Xinhua)-- More than 1.1 million Italian people under the age of 35 are out of work, local news agency Ansa reported Wednesday.

There are a total of 1,138,000 jobless under 35 while the average unemployment rate between 15 and 34 years old is 15.9 percent in Italy, the news agency quoted a report issued by Confartigianato as saying.

Founded in 1946, Confartigianato now represents more than 700,000 artisans and small businesses across Italy.

Italian southern region Sicily has the highest level of unemployment rate for those between 15 to 34 years old, standing at 28 percent, while the performances in the north regions fare much better. In the northeast region of Alto Adige, the unemployment rate for the same age group is 5.7 percent.

According to the report, the situation was quite deplorable for young people aged 24 and under in Italy. The unemployment rate in this age group reached 29.6 percent, compared to the European average level of 21 percent.

Meanwhile, figures from Italian National Institute of Statistics showed that in June this year the unemployment rate cross Italy stands at 8 percent, while the unemployment rate for the youth between 15 and 24 years old is 27.8 percent.

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