French jobless rate hits 37-year low as lockdown skews data

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Jobless rate fell to 7.1%, from 7.8% in the first quarter, hitting its lowest level since the second quarter of 1983, when it stood at 7.0%.

French jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2009

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France's jobless rate fell in the last quarter of 2018 to 8.8 percent of the active population, down from 9.1 percent in the previous quarter, the country's national statistics office INSEE announced on Thursday. 

French jobless total surges in August by most in three years

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Figures have dealt a blow to President Hollande's hopes of turning around the jobs market in the approach to next year's presidential election.

French jobless rate sinks below 10% as Hollande re-election bid looms

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The unemployment rate in France dropped below 10% during the second quarter of this year, and for the first time since 2012, according to figures released on Thursday by the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). The news appears to pave the way for President François Hollande to announce his re-election bid in next year’s presidential elections but, as Martine Orange reports in this analysis of the figures, the slight fall in official jobless numbers cannot mask the grim reality of France’s endemic unemployment.

French unemployment rate drops below 10% for first time since 2012

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Second quarter figures show jobless rate in mainland France and overseas territories fell to 9.9%, down for all categories and most notably the young.

French jobless total falls for second month in a row

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The number out of work in France fell by 19,900 in April, giving a boost to President Hollande in his fight to bring down unemployment.

French unemployment drops sharply in March

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In boost to President Hollande, jobless claims plunged by 60,000 in March in sharpest drop in France since economic boom of 2000.

The true lives of those hidden behind France's jobless figures

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Massaging unemployment figures has become a preoccupation for France’s socialist government, as the rising numbers of jobless threaten to put the final nail in President François Hollande’s political coffin ahead of presidential elections next year. The figures are presented in three categories, A, B and C, ranging from those without any professional activity – the official unemployed - to those who have partial jobs. But there are few differences between either section, all facing a desperate daily search for a proper job and liveable income, as illustrated in these four interviews by Mathilde Goanec.

French unemployment hits new record

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But finance minister says France's deficit was lower in 2015 than expected and that growth is expected to accelerate this year to 1.5%.

French jobless claims at 4-month low in boost for Hollande

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Total fell by 27,900 to 3.55 million; President Hollande has said he won’t stand for re-election next year if he doesn’t reduce unemployment.

France breaks new jobless record

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Some 3.59 million people were actively looking for work in 2015,  as figures show a 0.4%  rise in employment for December.

Biggest increase in French jobless total since 2013

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Number of people without work in France has risen to 3.59 million but employment ministry says it hopes figure will start to fall in 2016.

French jobless total falls in September

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Official data showed the biggest monthly fall in the unemployment rate in France since the start of the economic crisis in 2007.

French jobless total rises again

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The number of registered job seekers without any employment activity increased in August by 20,000 after slight dip in July.

Hollande appoints Myriam El Khomri as France’s new employment minister

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Former junior minister for urban affairs, who has limited government experience, faces key task of bringing down France's jobless rate.