Milan, 14 October 2020 – The consequences of the Coronavirus on workplaces in Lombardy: I’m 110 thousand those lost in the first 6 months of 2020. In fact, the number of employees has dropped from time to time between January and June of this year, compared to 2019. A significant decrease, which had not occurred since the crisis of 2009, which only affects workers with flexible, fixed-term contracts, in particular in the trade and services sector. This is what emerges from a research conducted on behalf of the CISL Lombardia, based on Istat and Unioncamere data, and presented this morning during the union’s executive meeting in Castelnuovo del Garda.
” After the substantial stability recorded in the first quarter of 2020, in the period between April and June the full unfolding of the effects of the health emergency determined a significant decline in the number of employees in Lombardy, equal to 2.4% – explained Elio Montanari, curator of the research -. A significant decrease, which is mitigated by the blocking of layoffs and the explosion of layoffs. Only at the beginning of 2021, therefore, will it be possible to have a clearer idea of the impact of Covid-19 on the labor market and on the Lombard economy ”.
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It also raises concerns the decline of Lombard companies: at the end of June 2020, compared with the previous year, the number of active companies in Lombardy fell by about 5 thousand units. ” This is a clear worsening compared to the already negative trend that, after four years of weak expansion, characterized 2019 – added Montanari -. Compared to the national situation, where the change in active companies stops at -0.2%, there is a greater deterioration of the entrepreneurial situation in Lombardy due to the more prolonged impact of the crisis in the region ”.
” The closure of hundreds of businesses and the strong negative impact on employment levels of the pandemic in the first six months of 2020 require the Government and the Region to make the best use of the resources already available today and those that will be made available by Europe, Mes – underlined the general secretary of the CISL Lombardia, Ugo Duci -. Companies that innovate and invest in stable work must be supported and active policies must be strongly relaunched to accompany workers – especially the less skilled – in a labor market that will no longer be what we have known ”. ” All this – he added – will be all the more effective when it is achieved, in Rome as in Milan, in constant dialogue with employers and trade union organizations ”.