Small municipalities are the engine of the Italian productive economy. In fact, 41% of both Italian companies and total employees are located in administrations with less than 20,000 inhabitants, which in this case does not include those employed in the public sector. Also in this class 39% of the national added value is “produced”. If the threshold is raised, in municipalities under 100,000 inhabitants, the GDP produced is 66% of the total, 69% of the employees are employed in private companies and the companies located are even 71%. Except in Lazio and Liguria, most of the wealth in the country is “generated” in this class of municipalities. These are the most significant numbers that emerge from the elaboration drawn up by the Cgia Studies Office, on behalf of Asmel, the Association for Subsidiarity and the Modernization of Local Authorities. Of the 825.4 billion euros of added value produced by all private companies in the country (equal to just under half of the national GDP), 541.7 billion are generated in small and medium-sized municipal administrations and 283.6 billion in large . If we separate the total added value produced by private companies into the two branches that make it up, industry and services, the great manufacturing vocation of the Municipalities under 20,000 inhabitants emerges where 54% of industrial companies (514,069) are located, 56% of the employees (3,029,993) and even 53% of GDP (182.8 billion euros).
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