According to the latest report from INSEE, the number of unemployed individuals in France increased by 29,000 in the fourth quarter compared to the previous period, reaching a total of 2.3 million people. Despite this increase, the unemployment rate is still well below its peak in mid-2015 by three points and remains at its lowest level since 1982.
In terms of age groups, the unemployment rate decreased slightly for those aged 15-24 and increased slightly for those aged 25-49. However, there was little change for those aged 50 and older, and the rate for women remained nearly stable while it increased slightly for men.
The long-term unemployment rate also rose slightly during this period, with an average of 571,000 people claiming to be unemployed and looking for work for more than a year. This is an increase of 33,000 from the previous quarter. Despite this rise in long-term unemployment, it remains relatively low at just 1.9% of the active population.
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Overall, while there has been an increase in unemployment numbers in recent months compared to earlier quarters and years ago, it’s important to note that these figures are still relatively low compared to historical highs.