PARIS, March 26 (Xinhua) — The number of jobseekers in France’s mainland rose to record in February, adding more pressure on the government, already struggling to live its pledge to lower rampant unemployment rate, official figures showed on Wednesday.
According to the labor ministry’s monthly data, the number of people without work grew by 0.9 percent last month to a new record of over 3.347 million and represented a 4.7-percent increase year-on-year.
“Facing this situation, the mobilization of government and all economic and social actors must continue and be reinforced,” the ministry said, reiterating the government’s efforts to pump cash in state-sponsored jobs and offer companies low charge to encourage recruitment.
Analysts said the eurozone’s second largest economy needed to quicken its growth at least by 1 percent to start absorbing the large slice of jobseekers. For 2014, France’s gross domestic product growth was set at 0.9 percent.
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