Jobless man throws self off balcony

Latest in recession-linked incidents

Jobless man throws self off balcony

Frosinone, May 30 - A young man who recently lost his job threw himself off a balcony in the town of Arce south of Rome Thursday in the latest in a spate of recession-linked incidents. The 26-year-old, a recent university graduate, was helicoptered to a Rome hospital with serious spinal injuries. Italy has seen a series of suicides apparently linked to economic difficulties in the last year but most have been older people and not Italian youths, one in four of whom are unemployed. A fertiliser-factory owner killed himself near Pisa last month while a man afraid of losing his job in an eyewear factory near Belluno and a carpenter whose business was in trouble in central Sardinia also took their own lives. Also last month, three people - a married couple and the woman's brother - committed suicide in Marche, gaining front-page headlines and adding to a toll whose exact impact has not been measured. Businesses are closing at an unprecedented rate, employers' associations report, while unemployment is at a record high in Italy's worst recession for 20 years.

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