The number of unemployed (category A) recorded a sharp increase in 2020 (+ 7.5%), with 265,400 additional registrants in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, according to figures released Wednesday, January 27 by Dares.
In the fourth quarter, the number of unemployed in France (excluding Mayotte) fell 2.7% compared to the previous quarter to stand at 3.816 million, according to the statistical service of the Ministry of Labor.
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The workforce in categories A, B, and C including job seekers in reduced activity reached 6 million, down 1.3% in the fourth quarter, but up 4.5% over one year.
No influx with the second confinement
The decline in the fourth quarter and the stronger one in the third (-11%), which was explained above all by shifts in the unemployed having resumed reduced activity (categories B and C), did not make it possible to catch up with the historic increase in the second quarter due to confinement to fight the Covid-19 epidemic (+815,500, or + 24.5%).
+ 7% of unemployed in March, the equivalent of a city like Bordeaux
In the last quarter, despite the second confinement, there was no influx of job seekers. Activity was less reduced than during the first confinement and partial unemployment played its role of shield. In November, 3.1 million employees were on partial unemployment and 2.4 million in December, according to Dares. In this month of December alone, unemployment was stable.