Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France: 2014 in review

Read more

#THE 51%

South Africa: Taking a stand against child marriage

Read more

DEBATE

The Future of the Book

Read more

DEBATE

The Future of the Book (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

France 24’s best documentaries of 2014

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'We have to build a new Tunisia', says the president of the Tunisian Parliament

Read more

FACE-OFF

France on alert after attacks: a case of collective hysteria?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Beijing needs to revaluate its policy in the Tibetan areas', says FM of the Tibetan government-in-exile

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Uruguay: freed Guantanamo detainees try to adjust to normal life

Read more

France

French unemployment rate nears 1997 record high

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-26

The number of unemployed people in France rose to 3.187 million in February, the labour ministry announced Tuesday, nearly reaching a record high set in January 1997.

The number of unemployed in France rose by 18,400 in February to 3.187 million, the labour ministry said Tuesday, a level just shy of a record reached in 1997.

Unemployment in the eurozone's second largest economy hit its modern day record of 3.195 million in January 1997.

It is a major challenge for Socialist President Francois Hollande, who has pledged to curb the unemployment rate from the current level of more than 10 percent to a single-digit figure by December.

The rise in February represents a 0.6 percent month-on-month increase and a 10.8 percent rise annually. The ministry said workers over 50 were the worst hit.

(AFP)

 

Date created : 2013-03-26

  • FRANCE

    French joblessness climbs to highest rate since 1999

    Read more

  • EUROZONE

    Eurozone unemployment reaches record high

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French unemployment level hits 15-year high

    Read more

COMMENT(S)