PARIS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The number of unemployed people was expected to exceed 3 millions at 13-year high in August, increasing more pressure on the government to fulfil its commitment of high wealth and more jobs, a government official said on Wednesday.
"It's bad, it' s necessarily bad. I also said in recent weeks at a pace that was already acquired in the summer, of course, I expect that the number of three million unemployed in France will exceeded, " Michel Sapin, labor minister told state-run TV channel France 2.
"This is the result of a policy, it is basically 3 million unemployed we found when we arrived," he added.
Blaming the "previous policy" of the former conservative Nicolas Sarkozy to worsen the employment situation, Sapin stressed the need to set adequate policies to absorb the growing army of jobseekers and limit the negative effects of social plans.
Early this month, French president Francois Hollande promised to abate the growing trend of joblessness in a year, urging social partners to help in finalizing "a historic compromise" to inject new blood in the sluggish labor market.
At the end of July, France reported 41,300 more jobless people, pulling the country's total number of jobseekers up to 2.987 million, up by 1.4 percent from June's data, labor ministry's data showed.