France jobless rise despite govt claims to buck trend
PARIS (AFP) - France's number of registered jobseekers rose by 17,800 in November to 3.29 million, the labour ministry said on Thursday, challenging government claims to have bucked a trend of spiralling unemployment.
Labour Minister Michel Sapin claimed President Francois Hollande's pledge to curb growing joblessness by the year's end was still on track, if part-time and short-term workers were added to the total number of jobseekers.
That number actually fell by 6,900 to 4.87 million if those workers were factored in, prompting Mr Sapin to say that the reversal of the upward trend is "well and truly under course in the fourth quarter." "The number of jobless will continue to decrease in the coming months," he said.
A slight fall in the number of unemployed for October, of 20,500, had raised government hopes France's years-long jobless crisis may be finally drawing to an end.