Work: Istat, -101 thousand employed in the first quarter – Economy

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In the first quarter of the year, the number of people employed decreased by 101 thousand units (-0.4%) compared to the previous quarter. The growth of permanent employees (+50 thousand, + 0.3%) is offset by the significant decrease in fixed-term employees (-123 thousand, -4.1%) and that, less pronounced, of independent workers (-28 thousand , -0.5%).
The employment rate is 58.8%, down 0.2 points from the fourth quarter of 2019. Istat notes this, stressing that the dynamics of the labor market in the first quarter are affected, starting from the last week in February, “of the serious disturbances induced by the health emergency”. In the trend, the growth in the number of employees slowed down, +52 thousand compared to the first quarter of 2019 (+ 0.2%).

In the first quarter of the year, the number of inactive people aged 15-64 increased by 290 thousand compared to the same quarter of 2019 (+ 2.2%) and of these for approximately 260 thousand the reason why no job was sought is attributable to the Covid health emergency. This is what emerges from the Istat data on the labor market referring to the first three months of the year, according to which, in the face of a decrease in family reasons and those who wait for the results of past job searches for a place, there is a strong increase who specifies, among other reasons, that of the health emergency. The total of inactive is 13 million 540 thousand.

As of May 31, approximately 3,600 cases of contagions from Covid were recorded more at work than the previous monitoring of May 15. This is what emerges from the fourth national report on infections of professional origin reported to INAIL. The analysis by profession highlights the category of health technicians as the one most affected by infections, with about 84% relating to nurses. 71.7% of the infected are women and 28.3% men. The average age of workers who contracted the virus is 47 for both genders.

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