Enterprising to get out of unemployment

Despite the recent good news in France that unemployment had finally dropped under 9% earlier this month, the situation remains dire for many chronically unemployed. Many are now turning to entrepreneurship to get back into work, with a little helping hand from a very enterprising organisation.

by Le Monde

The national network of the management shops (boutiques de gestion) has been helping entrepreneurs for 25 years, but its services have rarely in such demand as in the last three years.

Unedic, one of the organisations working on unemployment in France, recently put the Paris management shops in charge of 500 budding entrepreneurs. In 2005 alone, the shops had advised more than 8,000 projects, of which 1,400 came to fruition, generating 2,600 jobs.

The government recently decided to promote entrepreneurship more actively to reduce chronic structural unemployment. A series of tax breaks were introduced to support would-be entrepreneurs, as well as a comprehensive network of advisers such as the boutiques de gestion.

The results are encouraging. The number of new micro enterprises (one person only) is up 33% since 2002, and the number of unemployed people benefiting from entrepreneurship subsidies has more than doubled in three years.

Source: En France, de plus en plus de chômeurs attires par la création d'entreprise
Rémi Barroux
Le Monde, 9 Nov 2006

Review by Emilie Filou

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