"Italy has a diversified industrial economy, which is divided into two major regions. The north, being heavily dominated by private companies, and a less-developed, welfare-dependent south that has a abundant agricultural workforce that suffers from high unemployment rates. As of 2008, the Labor force was estimated at 25.09 million with 4.2% in agricultural related fields, 30.7% in industrialized fields, and 65.1% in service related fields. The unemployment rate was estimated at 6.8% as of 2008. Reports as of March 20, 2009 show that this rate has risen to 6.9%, which is the highest rate in Italy in the past two years due to the global recession. Italy’s largest trade union, the CGIL, estimates this unemployment rate to rise by 2010 with more than one million workers expected to lose their jobs. The poorest south region of Italy finds its working class to have suffered the most severe work losses with many people “giving up” on finding work."