RTTNews - Thursday, the French statistical office INSEE said in a report that the ILO jobless rate stood at 9.1% in the first quarter, up from 8% in the fourth quarter. Economists had expected a rate of 8.6%. A year earlier, the jobless rate was 7.6%. The fourth quarter number was revised down from 8.2%.

In the first quarter, the mainland unemployment rate increased 8.7% to 2.5 million. The jobless rate for the fourth quarter was revised to 7.6%.

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