Italy's unemployment rate reached a 36-year-high in April of 12%, according to Bloomberg. The economy will contract 1.8% in 2013, as weak demand prolongs the longest recession in over two decades, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said.
New figures released show that there has been an increase in the number of unemployed people in Cumbria and southern Scotland.
Over the past month the number out of work in Dumfries and Galloway went up by 188 to 3542 which is 3.9%.
In the Borders the jobless figure of 2102 is up by more than 100 and stands at 3%.
Unemployment in Cumbria has risen in the last month to 2.9%.
There are 8,982 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - that is almost 550 more than December.