France's statistics institute to switch to EU norms for unemployment data

25th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 September 2007, PARIS (AFP) - France's statistics institute said Monday it would stop publishing a monthly unemployment rate based on International Labour Organisation criteria and instead adopt the norms of the EU Eurostat data agency.

25 September 2007

PARIS (AFP) - France's statistics institute said Monday it would stop publishing a monthly unemployment rate based on International Labour Organisation criteria and instead adopt the norms of the EU Eurostat data agency.

The announcement follows a controversy about alleged discrepancies in how the French government calculates unemployment.

But the INSEE statistics institute said the French employment ministry and the ANPE state employment agency would continue publishing monthly statistics on the number of registered jobseekers.

INSEE said in a statement that it would adopt the new methods at the end of this month, after it publishes the unemployment figures for August, and henceforth publish quarterly reports.

Eurostat jobless figures are based on a more restrictive interpretation of unemployment. Until now, INSEE included in its figures anyone who was registered at the ANPE employment agency.

Former health minister Bruno Durieux said that the new methods would mean 200,000 people would be taken off the unemployed register.

"Until now INSEE, using the ILO norms, counted 200,000 jobless people more than Eurostat," he told French radio.

French finance minister Christine Lagarde said in an interview with Les Echos on Monday that she was in favour of moving from monthly to quarterly unemployment indicators, in line with the findings of a report presented to the government on Monday.

The report was requested by the government following the controversy about discrepancies between its own figures and those of Eurostat.

AFP

Subject: French news

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