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France's unemployment improves in December

Updated:2010-01-28 14:40:25

The number of jobless in France mainland in December declined by 0.7 percent to 2.61 million, the Employment Ministry announced Wednesday, two days after the president's prediction of improvement in unemployment.

During the last month of 2009, the registered number of unemployment in France decreased 18,700, or by 0.7 percent compared to previous month, the ministry said.

Laurent Wauquiez, the State Secretary for Employment said on French radio that the employment situation showed "favorable trend " and "hope" that the unemployment can be reduced in months.

Compared to the level of December 2008, the number of categorical jobless increased 407,200, or by 18.5 percent over the past year.

According to the latest European Union report, France's unemployment rate in November reached 10.0 percent, the same as the euro zone's average level.

The ministry's report echoed President Nicolas Sarkozy's optimistic promise on Monday TV show, during which Sarkozy said French employment would improve as the general economy continues to recover.

Also on Wednesday, the official statistics bureau published a report on consumer confidence, saying households' concern about unemployment in coming months raised a little and their saving intention increased, which implies French households will constrict spending in the future.

 

 

Source:http://news.xinhuanet.com

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