Unemployment in France grows by 1.2%

Updated: 2011-11-29 11:02


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PARIS - The number of jobless people in France grew by 1.2 percent in October from a month earlier, as sluggish economic activities slowed job creation in the eurozone's second largest economy, official figures showed on Monday.

According to labor ministry figures, France registered 34,400 more jobless people last month, which pulled up the country's total number of jobseekers to more than 2.814 million in France's mainland.

If taking into account the overseas departments and workers, there were 4.459 million people currently living without a job, up 0.4 percent.

On a yearly basis, the jobless rate rose by 4.9 percent.

"...Everyone knows they (unemployment figures) can not be good due to the crisis from which we don't get out yet and even intensifies on the ground," Labor Minister Xavier Bertrand told the private broadcaster RTL.

"As the economic situation will not improve, I do not see how the employment numbers will actually improve," he added.