The number of job seekers down 1.7% in November


The number of unemployed (category A) continued to decline in November, with 55,800 fewer job seekers (-1.7%), to 3.321 million, after a drop of 3.3% in October, according to figures from the Ministry of Labor published on Monday.

The number of job seekers continues to decline. In November, according to figures from the Ministry of Labor published on Monday, the number of unemployed (category A) continued to decline in November, with 55,800 fewer job seekers (-1.7%), to 3.321 million. A drop that follows that of October, -3.3%.

A continuing decline in category A job seekers

Including reduced activity (categories B and C), the number of job seekers in France (excluding Mayotte) is down 0.7% in November compared to the previous month (-39,800 people) and stands at to 5.669 million, according to the Statistics Directorate (Dares).

This number had dropped back in October to below the pre-crisis level of December 2019 (5.726 million), registering a drop of 1.6%.

If the number of job seekers in category A drops significantly, those in category B and C increased by 0.7% (+16,100). Over one year, the drop in category A is 13.2% (-505,300). For categories A, B and C, it is -5.7% (-341,800).

A decline of 5.5% in the third quarter

The Dares does not comment on the monthly data, which is too volatile, favoring quarterly developments. The latest quarterly results published at the end of October showed a drop in the number of category A unemployed by 5.5% in the third quarter.

Categories A were then just below the pre-crisis level, with 5,200 fewer job seekers compared to the 4th quarter of 2019. For categories A, B and C as a whole, it remained above its level d ‘pre-crisis (+124.100).

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