The country ranks among the weakest of OECD countries on all three indicators of job quantity, reflecting persistently low employment rates, especially among women concludes the new OECD jobs strategy. The gradual economic recovery after the long crisis has lifted employment rates, but they nonetheless remain well below the OECD average. Italy performs better on earnings quality, with earnings adjusted for inequality above the OECD average. Labour market insecurity is high due to a high risk of unemployment and low unemployment benefits. Labour market inclusiveness in the country is weak. Following the long recession, relative poverty has increased: 15% of working-age people live in poor households, well above the OECD average.
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