Close to 15% of the population, which amounts to over 8.5 million Italians, face the threat of poverty, enduring highly precarious economic circumstances. Despite recent improvements in employment figures, areas with significant risk persist, encompassing nearly 2 million unemployed individuals alongside 6.6 million categorized as “working poor”.

Furthermore, there are over 5 million people experiencing absolute poverty, bringing the total number of Italians struggling with varying degrees of hardship to almost 14 million. These figures, showing a slight decrease from last year, stem from a report by the Unimpresa Research Center, indicating a drop of about 28,000 individuals compared to 2022.

“We’ve been closely monitoring this issue for nearly a decade. The primary challenge for the government, though it’s making positive strides, albeit not entirely satisfactory, lies in reaching the end of the year with a reduced number in the social distress category, ideally lower than the current 8.5 million. Achieving this requires charting a new course, shifting towards a different perspective. It’s an ambitious goal, but one we believe is within reach. The key lies in fostering an environment where businesses can thrive, invest, and create new employment opportunities. The solution is simple: streamline bureaucracy, reduce taxes, and offer substantial incentives to those generating new, stable jobs. The upcoming cabinet meeting on Tuesday presents a significant opportunity from this standpoint,” remarked Paolo Longobardi, Unimpresa’s honorary president.

According to Unimpresa’s report, based on Istat data, the social distress category accounts for 14.4% of the population, equating to 8.5 million individuals out of Italy’s 59.1 million. The trend observed by Unimpresa predominantly affects the unemployed and working poor, especially those in unstable or underpaid positions. In recent years, this demographic shift has contributed to an increase in absolute poverty, with the number of working poor declining from 10.4 million to 8.5 million, signaling a transition from a risk category to absolute poverty.

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