Employment and labour

This theme includes active measures for the labour market, for life long learning in enterprises, for promoting more effective forms of workforce organization and for supporting self-employment. It also includes interventions to improve access to employment and     increase sustainable participation of women for achieving work-life balance.


The evolution of the territorial context on this theme is represented by some statistical indicators available on Database of territorial indicators for development policies (ISTAT)

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Employment rate

In recent years, the number of employed people in relation to the population aged 15-64 in Italy has risen from 58.5% in 2018 to 60.1% in 2022.
In the 8 regions of Southern Italy in 2018 it was 44.5% and in 2022 it reached the value of 46.7%.

Annual average of employed persons aged 15-64 out of the population in the corresponding age group (%)

Female entrepreneurship

The share of women-owned sole proprietorships in Italy grew from 25.4% in 2000 to 26.7% in 2022.
In the South, where values above the national average are registered, the percentage goes from 26.2% in 2000 to 27.5% in 2022.

Women-owned sole proprietorships as a percentage of the total women-owned sole proprietorships registered in the Chambers of Commerce

Since 2007 up to today, the value of projects monitored and supported by the cohesion policies for Employment and work has exceeded 17 billion euros, out of which over 8 billion concern projects financed in the 2014-2020 programming period.

1,079,643 Funded projects
€ 19.3 billion Public fundings
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Find out which programmes cohesion policy is financing in order to contribute to this theme.

Discover which evaluation researches on this theme are available and analyze the results.