I’m used to thinking that the widespread contention that ‘Italy is different’ smells to much of provincialism, but the more I delve into official stats, the more I get a qualitative difference that cannot be dismissed as such. Take this for example. Out of Italy, the highest share of potential workforce can be found in Bulgaria (9.5%) among EU27 countries or in Luxembourg (5.1%) in the Euro Zone. I just wonder if a significant share of these are actually employed in the so-called ‘informal sector’, and therefore I am not sure what this means, beyond the fact that there’s a huge amount of people who have given up, for some reason or the other, looking for a job. What this reason is should be a matter of priority investigation, as far as I see it.