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President calls for jobs measures on slaying anniversary

'Govt, enterprise must find solutions together'

President calls for jobs measures on slaying anniversary

Rome, May 20 - President Giorgio Napolitano on Monday used the anniversary of the slaying of a former labor ministry advisor to call for immediate job-creating measures in recession-hit Italy. "The agonized economic crisis is dramatic," he said in a statement. "It obliges the government, social organizations and businesses to enact efficient solutions to boost employment and economic development in the country". The statement was written in honor of Massimo D'Antona, who was killed in 1999 by members of the so-called new Red Brigades leftist terror movement for advising the government on labor reforms allowing companies to lay off employees more easily. According to forecasts released earlier this month by national statistics agency Istat, unemployment will rise to 11.9% this year, up 1.2% in 2012, and climb further still in 2014 to reach 12.3%. Youth employment reached 38.4% in March, 3.2% higher than the same month in 2012, according to Istat.

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