The number of job seekers without any activity fell by 60,000 in March (-1.7% compared to February) to stand at 3.53 million in metropolitan France, according to the Ministry of Labor -
PHILIPPE HUGUEN AFP
The economic consequences of the coronavirus.
The number of planned terminations of employment contracts, linked to an employment safeguard plan (PSE) procedure, has passed the 80,000 mark since March and the start of the Covid-19 crisis, according to data published on Thursday by the Ministry of Labor.
Cumulatively between March 1, 2020 and January 3, 80,379 breaches of employment contracts were considered within the framework of PSE.
This is "almost three times more than over the same period in 2019", where this figure was 29,467, specifies the statistics department (Dares), which points out that 763 PSE have been initiated since March (against 410 on the same period in 2019).
Manufacturing industry badly affected
These planned ruptures concern in more than four cases out of 10 companies with 1,000 employees or more, and in nearly 3 cases out of 10 companies with less than 250 employees.
The manufacturing industry sector accounts for 37% of breakdowns, followed by trade and automobile repair (19%), then by transport and warehousing, as well as by accommodation and food services (9 % each).
Since the beginning of March 2020, a little more than 5,800 collective redundancy procedures for economic reasons (excluding PSE) have been notified, adds Dares.
These procedures concern in more than nine cases out of ten dismissals of less than 10 employees.
The sectors most affected are automobile trade and repair (19%), manufacturing industry (17%), construction (15%) and accommodation and catering (13%).
Partial unemployment still very high
Regarding partial unemployment, the Dares estimates that 2.9 million employees were affected in November after 1.8 million in October.
At its peak in April, 8.4 million employees were concerned.
The sectors most affected are accommodation and food services, commerce, as well as business services.
Two regions concentrated the most employees compensated in partial activity in November: Ile-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône Alpes.
The amount of partial activity allowance reached in November a cumulative total of 25.1 billion euros since March, paid by the State and Unédic, specifies the Dares, stressing that these estimates are likely to be revised.
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