PARIS, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- France's jobless rate inched up by 0.1 percent in the second quarter of 2013, the national statistic agency Insee said on Thursday.
In mainland France, with 3 million out of work, 10.5 percent of the active population was unemployed, the high level last seen since 1997.
On a yearly basis, the jobless rate rose 0.7 percent, data showed.
The employment rate for the population aged from 15 to 64 was slightly up by 0.1 percent in the second quarter to stand at 7.5 percent. Meanwhile, for young people aged from 15 to 24, the jobless rate fell by three points percentage over the period and 0.4 percent year-on-year, standing at 28.2 percent in the second quarter.
"Reversing the curve of youth unemployment has begun. Government action is beginning to bear fruit. The unemployment level reached in our country justifies the mobilization to halt its progress and reduce it, starting with the young which is our first priority," Labor Minister Michel Sapin said in a statement.
French President Francois Hollande had earlier himself a one-year deadline to reverse the rise in unemployment. He introduced a "jobs of the future" plan that with state subsidies is designed to contribute in recruiting poorly-qualified young workers from disadvantaged suburbs and rural areas mainly in the public sector.