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Women Need Not Apply: Why Italian Crisis Hits Female Unemployment First

Located in one of southern Italy's poorest regions, once thriving  Crotone has the worst youth unemployment rate for women in the entire country: 90%.

Abandoned factory in Crotone, Italy
Abandoned factory in Crotone, Italy
Flavia Amabile

CROTONE - Vittoria Messina managed at one point to find two jobs. But not enough to provide any financial security. Not in Crotone, at any rate, where nine in ten young women are unemployed.

Messina had positions both at a call center and at a hotel, but ended up losing both. She now faces an uphill battle to find employment — even if she chooses to leave Crotone.

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