JOBLESS RATE FLAT IN FRANCE

JOBLESS RATE FLAT IN FRANCE

France's unemployment rate stood at 9.8 percent of the total work force in January, unchanged from December, the Ministry of Labor said Tuesday.

The ministry said the seasonally adjusted number of unemployed people rose to 2.860 million in December, compared with 2.826 million in December.On a seasonally adjusted basis, jobless rate rose 12.2 percent over 12 months.

On an unadjusted basis, unemployment totaled 2.96 million at the end of January. By the International Labor Bureau's definition, joblessness totaled 2.436 million people in January.