An explosion: during confinement, the number of job seekers increased by more than one million – 843,000 for the month of April alone (category A, which concerns those who did not work during the month). A record never reached since 1996, which cancels the government’s good results – the measures taken had succeeded in reducing this figure by 300,000 since 2017. First victims, young people, who bear the brunt of the economic impact of the pandemic of Covid-19. The number of job seekers under 25 has thus jumped by 29% compared to the end of February, reaching the record of 659,000. A dramatic turnaround: since December 2014, the former historic high with 583,400, the number of unemployed young people had continuously declined, reaching 472,220 at the end of February, a decrease of 19% over the period.
France is no exception: according to the International Labor Organization, one in six young Europeans has lost their job since the start of the epidemic and those who have kept their jobs have seen their working hours drop by around 23%. “In an economic crisis, young people are always the first to be affected,” explains Bertrand.