Employment: the number of unemployed up by 1.7% in April

The number of job seekers in category A, that is to say without any activity, recorded an increase of 1.7% in April compared to the previous month. This translates into 65,600 new registrants at Pôle emploi, a number that swells the ranks of unemployed people without activity in France, established at 3.863 million, according to figures from the Ministry of Labor published Thursday.

Including reduced activity (categories B and C), the number of job seekers in France (excluding Mayotte) was almost stable in April compared to the previous month (-0.1%, or -7,000) and s ‘establishes at 6.012 million, according to the Statistics Directorate (Dares). These monthly statistics are published without comment on the Dares website, which has decided to return to an analysis of quarterly developments, less volatile, as before the Covid-19 health crisis.

April’s reconfinement at the heart of the problem

For category A, this is the largest increase observed since April 2020. This is driven by “leisure activities for children or adolescents”, which may have been very affected by April restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus. This period was notably marked by the closure of nurseries and schools for three to four weeks.

The rise in unemployment is much more marked for young people (+ 3.2%) than for median ages and seniors (+ 1.6% and + 1.3%), undoubtedly in connection with the professions concerned.

The number of job seekers in category B and C, however, is down sharply. This is particularly significant in category C (-4.8%), some having switched to category A. The latest quarterly results published at the end of April showed a slight drop in unemployment in the 1st quarter (-0.4% ), the increase remaining 6.3% over one year.

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