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In order to improve the timeliness of statistical information on the Italian labour market and in accordance with the agreements made within the European Union, Istat publishes monthly estimates of the main labour market indicators resulting from the "Labour force survey".
Istat estimates that 22.9 million persons were employed in December 2011 (provisional data). Employment rate was 56.9%, unemployment rate 8.9% and inactivity rate 37.5%.
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