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According to the latest statistics published last night by the Ministry for the Economy, category A unemployment (job seekers, out of work) in October was up by 2% to 2.62 million compared to 2.57 million in the previous month. Compared to October 2008, category A unemployment is up by 25%.
Unemployment among the less than 25 year olds was up by 2.5% compared to the previous month and up by 28.1% compared to the previous year.
Unemployment among the 50+ year olds was up by 2.6% compared to the previous month and up by 28.3% compared to the previous year.
When adding unemployment categories B and C (people on reduced hours, long-term or short-term, looking for a full-time job) the number of job seekers in France was up to 3.78 million people and the number of job seekers in France plus the added overseas regions of France was up to over 4 million job seekers.
Job offers collected by the government's job centres 'Pole Emploi' were up by 5.5% for contracts of less than a month, up by 3.2% for temporary positions of up to six months and up by 5.3% for contracts of a duration of more than six months.
Minister for Employment, Christine Lagarde, said "the influence of the measures the government has taken [to reduce unemployment] will increasingly have an effect but unemployment will probably continue to rise for a further few quarters because a gradual improvement in the economy will not have an immediate effect on unemployment levels."
To read the full government report in French language please click here