France counts 58,500 more unemployed in April
France added 58,500 people to its unemployment register in April, employment ministry said on Friday.PARIS - France added 58,500 people to its unemployment register in April, employment ministry said on Friday.
Those registered in a broader category as job seekers but with some partial activity meanwhile rose by 90,800 to 3.5 million, the ministry said. The total number registered as being without any work at all was 2.5 million.
In a separate estimate on Tuesday France's UNEDIC agency, charged with overseeing unemployment insurance, forecast that 639,000 people will join France's jobless register this year, while 591,000 jobs will be destroyed.
In February, UNEDIC reported that 3.3 million French people of working age were out of work and registered with the agency.
France had a longstanding problem of a high underlying rate of joblessness even before the economic crisis, and economists expect unemployment to pass 10 percent at the start of 2010, from its current rate of just over 8.2 percent.
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