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The latest data published by the official government job centres (Pole Emploi) reveals that the number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers registered with the job centres in March 2010 fell by -0.2% or -6,600 individuals to 2,661,300 compared to the previous month. Compared to March 2009, it was up by +9.8%.
Registered job seekers in categories B (work for up to 78 hours per month) and C (work for more than 78 hours per month) amounted to 1,229,700 in March 2010. Category B was up by +1.3% compared to the previous month and up by +7.9% compared to the same month last year. Category C was up by +2.6% compared to the previous month and up by +27.2% compared to the same month last year.
Job seekers in categories A, B and C in total amounted to 3,891,000 in France only and to 4,130,800 in France plus the overseas dominions.
Registered job seekers in categories D (unemployed but not looking for a job) and E (unemployed with a job offer), in France only, amounted to 569,900 in March 2010. The number of category D job seekers rose by +2.4% month-on-month. The number of category E job seekers rose by +3.8% month-on-month.
Laurent Wauquiez, Secretary of State for Employment, told French daily Le Figago "these figures are extremely positive. France and Germany are the only industrialised nations, which are coming out [of the recession] in terms of growth and employment."
The Secretary of State went on to say "you need to be absolutely clear about this. Growth in the labour market starts with category A. We have clear signs of improvement even though we need to remain prudent."
B: Work for up to 78 hours per month
C: Work for more than 78 hours per month
D: Unemployed but not looking for a job
E: Unemployed with a job offer
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