The latest unemployment figures for France reveal that in December the number of jobless rose for the 20th consecutive month, to reach a total of 3,132,900, bringing the number of people made unemployed during 2012 to 284,600.
The figures, released by the national employment agency, Pôle-Emploi, on January 25th, show that despite the inexorable rise in unemployment, December’s was the lowest increase in any month last year at an almost negligible 0.1%. The number of jobless who had not worked for the whole month, known as Category A, grew by 3,700, including people in France’s overseas territories, taking the rise for the full year to 10 %, or 270,000 more people seeking work than a year earlier.
Curiously, there was also a surprisingly high level of people being struck from the jobless register in December. This figure rose by 24.5% month-on-month, with 9,200 ...
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