French jobless claims rose again to a new record in June, albeit at a slower rate, as a growing recovery failed to translate into job creation in the euro zone's second largest economy.
The Labor Ministry said the number of people registered as out of work in mainland France stood at 3,553,500 at the end of June, up 1,300 on the month and 4.7 percent over one year.
That was a deceleration after the monthly jump of 16,200 in the jobless toll recorded in May.
In an outlook update published on June 18, the national statistics office INSEE said France's economy would expand fast enough in the second half of the year to halt the rise in unemployment, which stands at around 10 percent.
INSEE said it expected France to grow 1.2 percent in 2015 after an insipid 0.2 percent in 2014. Growth will be driven primarily by greater spending power and household consumption, and by higher export levels.
President Francois Hollande has seen his popularity ratings reach record lows as he has struggled to live up to promises to turn the unemployment trend around, although his ratings have nudged up in recent months as the economy has perked up.
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