Youth unemployment in France is above 26%, more than double
the national rate.
On deprived urban estates and in certain rural areas, youth
unemployment tops 40%..
The employment rate among French youth
aged 20/24 hasn’t dropped below 16% in
almost 30 years, suggesting that an entire
generation has been affected by high
Where can I go?
Pôle Emploi (which means « employment centre ») operates the center, assists
jobseekers in finding placements and ensures benefits are paid.
It also has a website service for jobseekers to review job vacancies or CVs .
• The conditions for receiving benefits are
quite complex and depend on individual’s
circumstances and age.
However, one criteria is that the employee must
have worked at least 122 days out of the previous 28 months and not have left
employment of their own free will.
Young people who have finished compulsary education need to go the center
to registrate so they continue to benefit from social cover.
Unemployed youth is the central promise of the present government
to create state-aided jobs for young people.
« Jobs for the Future” aims to create 100,000 jobs this year, rising to 150,000 next
year, targeted at people between 16 and 25 who have no qualifications and are
from urban or rural areas badly hit by unemployment. The state will pay 75% of the
young person's gross wage for three years.
The jobs will be mostly in the public service and non-commercial sector, principally
linked to local authorities as well as the voluntary sector, transport and education.
"generation contracts" is a state financial aid given to companies with fewer than
300 employees if they give a permanent contract to someone under 26.
Who can I talk to?
Clerks give informations, help fill in information sheets and give advices to
registre as a job seeker on the website.
Is anyone there?
The office is opened 5 days a week. But
hours are flexible. Job seekers mainly find
all informations on the website and visit
the center in case of a particular problem.
Who may be concerned?
Young adults who aren’t
accommodate and direct adults
help with the definition of the project
set up the definite formations and
carry out assessments
form with foreign languages
help with professionnel reconversion