Friday, 03 December, 2021

Unemployment continued to decline in France in October


For the sixth consecutive month, the number of unemployed registered with Pôle emploi and without activity fell in October. It fell by 60,100, to 3.8 million people, 10% more than in February, before the start of the Covid epidemic.

The number of job seekers in category A (without activity) fell again (-1.6%) in October, according to figures from the Dares.

The number of unemployed registered with Pôle emploi without activity, classified administratively in category A, fell in October for the sixth consecutive month, show the figures published by the Ministry of Labor on Wednesday. It fell by 60,100 in France (excluding Mayotte), to affect 3.8 million people. The decline is much more marked than in September (-18,000) but we remain at a level still 10% higher than it was in February, that is to say before the outbreak of the Covid crisis.

All age groups have benefited from this decline. All regions too, particularly Corsica. And the main explanation for this improvement is still largely explained by a tipping effect of these unemployed towards categories B or C. Clearly, many of them were able to find a reduced activity (less than 78 hours) or more. intense (more than 78 hours) in the month.

Lagging social plans

Other favorable elements, underlines the ministry, the curfew measures were limited to a few sectors last month, like the spectacle or the bars and the partial activity played its role of shock absorber. What is more, the second confinement did not start until the very end of the month: the situation in November is therefore likely to be different.

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Finally, although on the rise, social plans have not yet resulted in an increase in the number of registrations at Pôle emploi for redundancy, given the time lag between their announcement and their implementation. As a reminder, there are 619 between March 1 and November 10 (latest figure available), for 66,000 positions threatened, against 346 and 26,000 during the same period last year.

In total, the number of unemployed registered in category A, B or C fell, for the fourth month in a row, by nearly 41,000, to stand very slightly above 6 million, or 326,700 more than in February .

Partial activity severely limited redundancies

Taking a step back, the ministry observes that compared to the 2008-2009 crisis, registrations for end of contract or temporary assignment did indeed peak in April / May, “But this was very punctual, and they fell back to a level rather lower than before the crisis”. “This peak was more than offset by a drop in particular in the first entries into the labor market and returns from inactivity during the months of confinement”, he continues. Another element, the partial activity strongly limited redundancies.

In the other direction, after the very strong falls in April and May, the outputs of the Pôle emploi files for resumption of employment have rebounded ” very quickly “. Even below their pre-crisis levels, these outflows exceed registrations. Hence the drop in the number of unemployed in the three categories.

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For the sixth consecutive month, the number of unemployed registered with Pôle emploi and without activity fell in October. It fell by 60,100, to 3.8 million people, 10% more than in February, before the start of the Covid epidemic.

The number of job seekers in category A (without activity) fell again (-1.6%) in October, according to figures from the Dares.

The number of unemployed registered with Pôle emploi without activity, classified administratively in category A, fell in October for the sixth consecutive month, show the figures published by the Ministry of Labor on Wednesday. It fell by 60,100 in France (excluding Mayotte), to affect 3.8 million people. The decline is much more marked than in September (-18,000) but we remain at a level still 10% higher than it was in February, that is to say before the outbreak of the Covid crisis.

All age groups have benefited from this decline. All regions too, particularly Corsica. And the main explanation for this improvement is still largely explained by a tipping effect of these unemployed towards categories B or C. Clearly, many of them were able to find a reduced activity (less than 78 hours) or more. intense (more than 78 hours) in the month.

Lagging social plans

Other favorable elements, underlines the ministry, the curfew measures were limited to a few sectors last month, like the spectacle or the bars and the partial activity played its role of shock absorber. What is more, the second confinement did not start until the very end of the month: the situation in November is therefore likely to be different.

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Finally, although on the rise, social plans have not yet resulted in an increase in the number of registrations at Pôle emploi for redundancy, given the time lag between their announcement and their implementation. As a reminder, there are 619 between March 1 and November 10 (latest figure available), for 66,000 positions threatened, against 346 and 26,000 during the same period last year.

In total, the number of unemployed registered in category A, B or C fell, for the fourth month in a row, by nearly 41,000, to stand very slightly above 6 million, or 326,700 more than in February .

Partial activity severely limited redundancies

Taking a step back, the ministry observes that compared to the 2008-2009 crisis, registrations for end of contract or temporary assignment did indeed peak in April / May, “But this was very punctual, and they fell back to a level rather lower than before the crisis”. “This peak was more than offset by a drop in particular in the first entries into the labor market and returns from inactivity during the months of confinement”, he continues. Another element, the partial activity strongly limited redundancies.

In the other direction, after the very strong falls in April and May, the outputs of the Pôle emploi files for resumption of employment have rebounded ” very quickly “. Even below their pre-crisis levels, these outflows exceed registrations. Hence the drop in the number of unemployed in the three categories.

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