Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy's south risks becoming an 'industrial desert'

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - Southern Italy is shedding
jobs and seeing young people migrate elsewhere at an alarming
rate, according to a report released Wednesday.
The unemployment rate is above 25% in parts of the south as
jobs, according to the 2012 annual report of Svimez, an
association for the development of southern Italy.
It found that from 2007 to 2011, Italy's south lost 147,000
jobs in the industrial sector, roughly triple the national
average of 5.5% for jobs lost during that period.
According to Svimez, more than 1,350,000 people migrated
out of the south in the decade beginning in 2000, creating a
kind of "industrial desert".
At the same time, gross domestic product per capita in the
south, which was 56.1% of that in the north at the beginning of
the decade, crept up to 57.7% by 2010.
At this rate, it would take about 400 years "to close the
gap that separates the South from the North," Svimez says in the
report.
The association called for a dramatic changes to promote
economic, environmental and urban development in southern Italy.

photo: demonstrators at a Naples rally to protest against
unemployment.

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