French jobless rate rises to 9.8 percent in May

30th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - French unemployment rose again in May, gaining 0.8 percent following an increase of 0.3 percent in May, figures released Wednesday by the labour ministry showed.

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - French unemployment rose again in May, gaining 0.8 percent following an increase of 0.3 percent in May, figures released Wednesday by the labour ministry showed.

But when calculated according to International Labour Organization standards, the French jobless rate was unchanged at 9.8 percent of the workforce.

A total of 2,451,000 people sowere seeking work in May, the ministry figures showed.

Over the past year, the number of unemployed in what is known as catagory 1 - people available immediately for long-term, full-time work - shot up by 2.9 percent.

Unemployment among men rose by 0.6 percent on the month and by 2.0 percent on an annual basis, while for women the figures were 1.1 percent and 3.9 percent respectively.

French Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jean-Louis Borloo is to present a plan to the government Wednesday aimed at reducing unemployment, especially among disadvantaged youths.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin warned the jobless figures would be bad for a few more months before improving towards the end of the year on stronger-than-expected growth.

"We are going to have bad unemployment figures for a few months but economic growth will create jobs in the second half," Raffarin had told Europe 1 radio.

"By 2007 we will have a significant fall in unemployment," Raffarin forecast, adding that his government aimed at ensuring growth was more widely shared among the population.

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