In the first quarter, fall in unemployment in category A – economy

There are still more than 6 million unemployed in France in all categories. Nevertheless, those who did not exercise any activity are slightly less numerous in the first trimester.

La Dares, the statistics service of the Ministry of Labor, revealed unemployment figures for the first quarter. The picture is better for category A, that is to say for job seekers who did not exercise any activity during the first three months of the year: it shows a decline of 0.4%, which which represents 14,500 fewer registered with Pôle Emploi. They are now 3,800,700 in this category. This is the third consecutive quarter of decline for category A but over one year, it is still up sharply by 6.3% (which represents 224,000 more unemployed).

Decrease in the number of unemployed in category A

La Dares notes that most metropolitan regions are recording a decline in the number of unemployed in this category, with the exception of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes with an increase of 1.1%, of Provence-Alpes-Côté d’Azur which shows + 0.6%, from Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (+ 0.5%) as well as from Center-Val de Loire (+ 0.2%). Should we rejoice in what appears, in view of the economic context, to be good news? Not so fast. Because unemployment in other categories is increasing.

Rise in unemployment with all categories

The number of job seekers who exercised a reduced activity thus increased by 0.8% in the first quarter: + 0.5% in category B (+3,700 people), + 1% for category C (+18,600) . If we take into account the three categories, unemployment increased slightly by 0.1%, or 6,012,600 unemployed in all and for all. Their number increased by 4,200 in the first quarter, while it had fallen in the third quarter of 2020 (-24,600) and in the fourth quarter (-80,600).