A gloomy year and a record unemployment rate. These are the findings of INSEE in its economic assessment of the region in 2014, unveiled at the end of last week. If there is a certain dynamism in shops and services, it is observed an overall decline in employment and especially unemployment of 9% end of 2014 , unprecedented in 15 years. Revenues rose 0.5% year on year.
If the increase affects all departments, it is on the coast and east of the region that the number of job seekers is particularly high. Sarthe shows an unemployment rate 10.1%, a tenth higher than the national average. It was 8.8% in Loire-Atlantique.
One of the least affected areas
The Loire Valley remains one of the least affected by unemployment, after Auvergne, Brittany and Rhône-Alpes that have all a rate of 8.9%.
Nantes, largest area of employment in the region, is also spared if we look at the figures recorded in other large cities. Its unemployment rate (8.4%) is right after Rennes (8.2%), but ahead of Lyon (9.3%) and Montpellier (13.7%).