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World Coronavirus: 5.8 million employees on partial unemployment in France, or one in four

23:40  07 april  2020
23:40  07 april  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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"We are the only country to be at this level of partial unemployment", assures the Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud. "About half of the economy is down."

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A new record. The use of partial unemployment during this epidemic of coronavirus has been requested for 5.8 million employees, or one in four in the private sector, which could cost 19.6 billion euros in three months, announced Tuesday 7 April the Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud. "We are the only country to be at this level of partial unemployment," said the minister during a videoconference hearing in the Senate.

During the previous check-up at the beginning of April, the use of partial activity, the official name of the system, had been requested by 337,000 companies for 3.6 million employees. As of April 6, partial unemployment has been requested by 544,000 companies and concerned "5.8 million employees for a total of 2.4 billion hours of unemployed hours requested. On average, it is 12 weeks to 35 hours weekly which have been requested, "said the minister. She noted that "about half of the economy is down."

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"Saving millions of jobs"

The short-time working scheme was set up to "save millions of jobs, avoid unemployment for millions of French people and allow businesses to leave faster", a reminded the minister. In terms of cost, "if all the companies that made the declaration for the 5.8 million employees use short-time working fully for three months, the cost after three months will be 19.7 billion euros", said Muriel Pénicaud .

She called for caution regarding this "very evaluative" figure, raising several unknowns, including the duration of the confinement. The partial unemployment system allows the employee to be compensated up to 70% of gross salary and 84% of net salary. The indemnity is paid in full by the State up to a gross remuneration of 4.5 times the minimum wage against a fixed reimbursement lower than the minimum wage previously. This concerns 95% of wages paid in France. Beyond this, the differential is the responsibility of the employer.

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