Italian unemployment stays at record high of 12.5%

(ANSA) - Rome, November 29 - Unemployment in recession-hit Italy stayed at a record high of 12.5% in October, the same as September when it rose 0.1%, according to provisional data released by national statistics agency Istat Friday.

It is the highest level since Istat started using its current calculation method for monthly data, in January 2004, and for quarterly data in the first quarter of 1977.

Joblessness rose 1.2% on an annual basis, Istat said.

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