The technical unemployment scheme makes it possible to support a company in difficulty, while preserving jobs.


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Continuing the downward trend of previous months, around 1.3 million private sector employees were on short-time work in August due to the Covid epidemic, according to an estimate by Dares, the statistics service of the Ministry of Labor , published this Wednesday.

They were 1.9 million in July, 3.5 million in June, 7.3 million in May, 8.6 million in April and 7 million in March in short-time work, according to figures revised slightly downward.

“The recovery in economic activity continues!

“, Welcomed the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne on Twitter, in view of these figures.

Recourse to partial activity fell again in August: 1.3 million employees benefited from it against nearly 9 million at the height of the crisis.

The recovery of economic activity continues!


The latest figures from the Dares 👉

- Elisabeth BORNE (@Elisabeth_Borne) September 23, 2020

The accommodation and food services sectors affected

According to Dares, in August, 7% of employees were still in a company whose activity had stopped or had more than halved (after 9% in July, 13% in June, 27% in May and 45% in April ).

The accommodation and catering sector remains the most affected by the crisis, with 21% of employees stopped or down by more than half (after 35% in July, and 57% in June) .

The amount of employee allowance for non-working hours paid for by the State and Unédic is estimated in August at 800 million euros (after 1.4 billion in July, and 2.4 in June).

The outlook for companies is also marked by great uncertainty: those which cannot date the return to normal represent 32% of employees (after 30% at the end of July and 27% at the end of April).

La Dares also observes that the use of training is quite low for short-time workers (13%, after 16% in July), especially in the smallest companies.


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