PARIS Nov 27 The number of people out of work
in France jumped in October, hitting its highest over 14 years,
piling pressure on President Francois Hollande's government to
stem the tide of job losses.
Labour ministry data released on Tuesday showed the number
of registered job seekers in mainland France rose by 45,400 in
October to 3.103 million, taking the total to its highest level
since April 1998.
Unemployment has been rising for 18 straight months in
France. The labour ministry said there was a risk the figures
could get worse and that measures taken so far had yet to
"This run of negative figures on employment only increases
our determination to do something to reverse the trend between
now and the end of next year," Labour Minister Michel Sapin said
in a statement.
The Socialist government unveiled a package of measures at
the start of the month, including tax rebates for companies,
aimed at boosting France's industrial competitiveness and
The labour ministry data is the most frequently reported
domestic jobs indicator for France, although it is not prepared
according to widely-used International Labour Organisation (ILO)
standards nor expressed as a rate of the number of job seekers
compared with the total work force.