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France – Temporary and permanent employment falling

12 September 2013

The number of people in temporary employment fell in July 2013 ( -5%), compared with July 2012; this equates to 27,300 fewer temporary positions across France. The number of people in temporary employment fell during the second quarter of 2013 by 4,300 jobs. The quarterly decline in jobs is more marked when compared with the 10,300 temporary jobs that were added during the first quarter of the year.

Temporary and permanent employment in the private sector fell sharply, with the biggest falls recorded in construction and the industrial sector. During the second quarter, a total of 34,600 jobs were shed, according to data released by National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE). Compared with the second quarter of 2012, there are 139,100 fewer jobs in France. Since the second quarter of 2012, 139,900 jobs have been lost, equating to a drop of - 0.9%. 

The industrial sector lost 19,000 jobs during Q2 2013, a drop of -0.6 year-on-year. In the course of one year, this sector has shed 49,600 jobs. Manufacturing also suffered significant declines in employment, losing 19,100 jobs during Q2 2013, a fall of -0.7% compared with a year ago. Since Q2 2012, the manufacturing sector has lost 50,500 jobs.

The construction industry shed 7,700 jobs during the second quarter, a decline of -2.1% compared with a year ago. The construction industry has lost 29,800 jobs in one year. As the largest industry,the services sector has lost the most jobs year-on-year, with 59,800 fewer positions during Q2 2013 than in Q2 2012. Service industry jobs fell by -0.5% from a year ago.      

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