Social Progress Watch 2015 Country Report | Italy

The Italian labour market is suffering from a gradual increase in its unemployment rate as a result of the continuing economic crisis. This includes an increase in long term unemployment with a particularly high number of young people and women being affected. The relatively high rate of early school-leaving further adds to the vulnerable position in which a large percentage of young people find themselves when entering the labour market. Against this background, it is worrying that the access to, and quality of, health and social services is strained and – moreover – that the system of social protection lacks the capacity to effectively counter the rising level of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion.