Italy - Recovery of the South will take another 10 years - August 31, 2017

A Svimez think tank report points to 20 years of lost growth for the southern regions. The recovery of 2015-2016, confirmed in forecasts for 2017 and 2018, will not structurally change this. With the current economic trends, the Centre-South regions will recover their pre-crisis levels in 2028, that is 10 years after the rest of the country. The labour market is characterised by an explosion of part-time work, above all that which can be defined as ‘involuntary’, people accepting part-time work due to the lack of full-time work. In 2016, full-time workers (4.9 million) increased by 1% compared to 2015, while part-time workers rose 4.9%: 1.1 million, of which 858,000 are ‘involuntary’. Despite the increase in employed people, levels of poverty and social exclusion are still high: 34% of southern Italians are at risk of poverty and 10% face absolute poverty.

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