French unemployment rate falls to 9.1 percent
PARIS, June 29, 2006 (AFP) - The French unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points in May to 9.1 percent of the working population, official data showed on Thursday.
PARIS, June 29, 2006 (AFP) - The French unemployment rate fell by 0.2
percentage points in May to 9.1 percent of the working population, official
data showed on Thursday.
The French employment ministry said the total number of people currently
looking for full-time work had fallen by 2.16 percent in May compared with
April to 2.213 million.
French Employment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said the improvement was the
biggest monthly fall in the number of jobseekers since September 2000 and
called the decline "historic."
The unemployment rate of 9.1 percent in May, calculated using the method of
the International Labour Office, compared to a rate of 9.3 percent in April.
Unemployment has fallen in France since February 2005 at an almost constant
rate, with the number of jobseekers falling by 11 percent or 261,000 people
over the 15-month period.
The centre-right government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has
made tackling France's chronic high unemployment rate a priority and has
predicted that it will fall below 9.0 percent before the end of the year.
Subject: French News