French jobs pick up in second quarter: statistics
The timid recovery of France's employment market strengthened in the second quarter of this year with 26,200 new jobs created, official data showed on Thursday.
The increase represented a 0.1 percent rise on the previous quarter and no change since the same period a year ago, according to the finalised figures from the state statistics agency INSEE.
Industry continued to lose jobs but at a slower pace than in the first quarter, shedding 17,200 from April to June, and the overall rise was largely driven by an increase in temporary work, INSEE said.
"The employment situation is improving and is better than expected," Employment Minister Laurent Wauquiez told RMC radio. But he added: "There are still a lot of French people in difficult situations due to the crisis."
INSEE said job creation started to pick up in the first quarter of 2010 after France emerged last year from a recession which slashed more than a quarter of a million jobs.
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