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French employment and unemployment

by Jerome a Paris Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 05:56:57 AM EST

From this OECD page, linked to in a comment to this interesting post on the French protests by Emmanuel over at a Fistful of Euros.

Note that the OECD graph explicitly and appropriately states that the unemployment percentages are as a fraction of the age group labor force, while the employment rate is as a fraction of the total age group population.

The best time for both youth unemployment and overall employment was the period during which the 35-hour week was in full force, and when the 5-year "emplois jeunes" were put in place by the Jospin government. Strange, that.

Excellent, keep hammering away at this meme, Jerome!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 06:07:46 AM EST
You may have answered this elsewhere, but what were the 5-year "emplois jeunes" You have said they were fixed contracts in social services. So this was an attempt to soak up unemployment by expanding public-sector jobs?
by TGeraghty on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 11:28:38 AM EST
Yes, but targetted specifically at young people

Also, it was not supposed to be public sector jobs only. Some of the jobs in associations and the like were partly subsidised by the State, but paid for by the associations, and there was an initial intent to do the same with the private sector (but that failed or was cancelled, I'd need to check). Also, the jobs were for a fixed, non-renewable 5-year term.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Mar 25th, 2006 at 04:51:24 PM EST
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Thanks for flagging this. Will have to take a closer look at the OECD report when I dig out of other work.
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 09:53:07 PM EST

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