ROME, SEPTEMBER 13 – In the second quarter of 2021 there was an increase of 338 thousand employees (+ 1.5%) compared to the previous quarter and a growth of 523,000 units over the same period of 2020. Istat reports. The economic growth is mainly linked to the growth of fixed-term employees (+226,000, +8.3) compared to an increase of 80,000 permanent employees (+ 0.5%) and 33,000 independent employees (+ 0.7%) . The employment rate in the second quarter is 58% (+1 point on the first quarter). The unemployment rate between 15 and 74 years falls in the second quarter of 2021 to 9.8% with a decrease of 0.3 points on the first and 1.7 points on the same period of 2020. The unemployed in the period are 2,459. 000, down by 2.2% on the previous quarter and by 27% on the same period of 2020. Even those who have been on layoffs for over three months are considered unemployed. (HANDLE).