RTTNews - Thursday, the statistical office INSEE reported a 1.2% decline in the French private sector payroll employment during the first quarter from the previous quarter. The number of payroll employees fell 192,500 to 15.69 million. Meanwhile, 187,800 jobs were lost in total competitive sector.

Employment in manufacturing declined 1.5%, while that in construction and services dropped 0.7% and 1.2%, respectively in the first quarter.

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