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Govt measures in store for all unemployed, labor min says

'Not just for the young'

Govt measures in store for all unemployed, labor min says

Asti, June 21 - Italian Labor Minister Enrico Giovannini said Friday the government was working on measures for the entire unemployed population, not just young people. "What's important is that we put together a series of instruments that aren't only aimed at the young but at anyone who is out of work, inactive, or using social safety nets that are costly to the country," he said outside an art exhibition in northern Italy. The cabinet is set to review a package of labor reforms on Wednesday. On Friday Italy's biggest trade-union confederation, the left-wing GCIL, reported that over half a million workers are on benefits in recession-hit Italy after being temporarily laid off by their companies. The CGIL said 524,000 workers were claiming the CIG benefit for people who have been temporarily laid off. This led to a collective loss of around 1.7 billion euros in salaries for the first five months of the year, it said. The union said almost another half a million more people are on CIG benefits to support their income after having their hours cut by their firms. This is in addition to close to three million people, 12% of the working population, who are unemployed as Italy struggles to emerge from its longest recession in over 20 years. "These numbers are terrifying," said the CGIL. "They are the sign of a very deep crisis".

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