Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Young workers generate 17.2% of Italy's GDP

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(see related story on unemployment)
Rome, June 13 - Italy's 3.8 million employed young
people contributed more than 242 billion euros to the country's
gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012, or 17.2% of the total,
according to a report released on Thursday.
The contribution made by workers under 35 was equivalent to
Italy's manufacturing sector, reported Unioncamere, the
association that brings together the nation's chambers of
commerce.
A significant amount of economic activity was generated by
the 675,000 companies headed by young entrepreneurs, a number
that increased by 70,000 businesses, or 10%, in 2012 compared to
the previous year.
Roughly a third of the new businesses made artisanal
products. Women headed 27.8% of the total.
Unioncamere said young people were waiting for market
opportunities to open another 100,000 potential businesses.
''We must make young people become the leading players of a
new model of development that is sustainable and
(environmentally) compatible,'' Unioncamere President Ferruccio
Dardanello told chamber of commerce chiefs from all over Italy,
gathered in Rome for Unioncamere's 137th general assembly.
''Reaching the European average level of employment is an
objective that we can and must take,'' declared Dardanello.

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