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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Chômage : un nouveau bond en avril

by Eugénie Barbezat with Agence France Presse

Joblessness: Another Jump in April

Translated Friday 12 June 2015, by Gene Zbikowski

The number of job-seekers increased again in April, for the third consecutive month, a rise affecting all age categories in the same proportions. A 0.7% rise for people not exercising any paid activity.

The number of category A job-seekers rose by 0.7% last month, or by 26,200 persons, to reach a record high of 3,536,000.

When categories B and C (people having exercised a limited paid activity) are added, the number of registered unemployed rose by 1.0% and reached a total of 5,344,600 in mainland France, and 5,645,000 when the overseas départements are included.

This marks the third consecutive monthly rise following a slight fall in January. In February, as in March, the number of category A job-seekers rose by 0.4%.

The 54,100 additional job-seekers registered in April in categories A, B, and C constitutes the sharpest rise since January 2013 (excluding the impact of a computer “bug” which affected the figures for August and September 2013).

Year on year, at the end of April the French mainland registered 5.1% more category A job seekers, and 7.1% more when categories B and C are included.

April’s rise was almost as sharp among the under-25s in category A (up 0.8%) as among the over-50s (up 0.9%), whereas it rose by 0.7% among people aged 25 to 49.

The number of jobless registered for over a year at the French jobs agency, and who are considered to be long-term unemployed, continued to increase, up 1.1% in the course of the month and up 10.2% year on year. The long-term unemployed make up 43.7% of the total unemployed (up 0.1% in the course of the month, and up 1.3% year on year).

Shortly after the figures were announced, Labor Minister François Rebsamen announced an additional program of 100,000 state-subsidized jobs over the year 2015 to attempt to check the continual rise in the number of jobless.

“Nearly 450,000 job-seekers out of the job market are benefitting from state-subsidized jobs and over 120,000 more job-seekers have acceded to job training since the beginning of the year,” he emphasized in a press release. “This policy will be intensified, first with a reinforcement of 100,000 additional subsidized jobs compared to the initial finance law, and then with 60,000 additional job-seekers in job training in accordance with a commitment taken by the presidents of the regional councils,” he added.

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