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3.28 million jobseekers in June

French unemployment hits new record


The number of jobseekers in France rose to a new record of 3.28 million in June, the labour ministry said Wednesday, as the country´s economy struggles to gain a footing. The Labour Ministry did try to accentuate the positive by pointing out that the figures for May and June indicate a slowdown from the first four months of the year.

"After a strong increase over the first four months of 2013, this moderate rise of the number of jobseekers confirms an improvement on the unemployment front," it added.

The latest worsening of the job market, brought the total number of French people out of work to almost three point two eight million.

There was some good news about the number of under 25 year olds registered as out of work.The total fell by 0.3 percent from May, but they are still the hardest hit by the jobs crisis with almost 556,000 young people unemployed in France. But the number of jobseekers older than 50 increased by 0.9 percent.

According to the labour ministry, the main cause of unemployment remains the end of short-term contracts that have not been renewed by companies that are more and more reluctant to take on people as permanent hires.

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