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After six consecutive quarters in decline, the number of workers in France increased +2.6% in the first quarter of 2013, according to a study by the Ministry of Labour. The Statistical Directorate of the Ministry (Dares) identified 13,300 more workers in March, compared with the previous quarter.
Dares noted an increase of +4.4% in manufacturing, the first recovery in the sector since Q2 2011. Areas of specific improvement were transport equipment and electrical & electronic equipment. Construction improved +1.3% after three consecutive quarters of decline.
In comparison, temporary worker numbers have declined -1.2% and employment contracts now last an average of 1.7 weeks.
The recovery of this indicator, which is considered a precursor of changes in the labour market, has been interpreted as a positive signal by the Minister of Labour and the President of the Republic.