Where are the jobs in France? Possibly closer than you think

Last week we looked at the depressing statistic that Languedoc-Roussillon trails the 9th most populous city in Sweden in a league table of job vacancies in the European Union. While that’s clearly nothing to cheer about – and unemployment in  Languedoc-Roussillon has topped the French average for a decade – drilling down into the data shows its fairly typical for the country.


Below we present a map and graph showing job vacancies per 10,000 inhabitants for the regions of France. And, while Languedoc-Roussillon is clearly not the job vacancy capital of France, there are worst places to be an expat searching for work. Not many places admittedly, but things could be worse. In a league table of the 22 regions for which data is available, Languedoc-Roussillon comes in 13th. Corsica is clearly an outlier but the rest of France is clumped together.


So, where’s the best place to look for a job in France? Well, excluding Corsica, Rhone-Alpes, Midi-Pyrenees, and Provence-Alpes-Cote D’azur lead the way. So, if things aren’t working out in Montpellier, you won’t have to travel far in search of a more robust job market. Equally, all of France’s job vacancy deserts are located far away in the north. Nord-Pas-De-Calais, Basse-Normandie, and Bretagne are battling it out for the job vacancy wooden spoon.


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