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”.
In August 2018, 23.369 million persons were employed, +0.3% over July. Unemployed were 2.522 million, -4.5% over the previous month.
Employment rate was 59.0%, +0.2 percentage points over the previous month, unemployment rate was 9.7%, -0.4 percentage points over July 2018 and inactivity rate was 34.5%, +0.1 points over the previous month.
Youth unemployment rate (aged 15-24) was 31.0%, +0.2 percentage points over the previous month and youth unemployment ratio in the same age group was 7.8%, unchanged over July 2018.