‘Work together’ motto helps town reduce jobless

A rural town of just 15,000 residents is defying the odds by having almost full employment – with signs all along its streets offering work

Les Her­biers and surrounding communes in the Ven­dée had just a 5.4% unemployment rate in 2017, the second lowest rate in France, and half the national average of 10.7%.

It came second to Houdon, a Paris suburb in Yvelines, which has an unemployment rate of 4.7% and, as it is under 5%, officially has full employment.

But Houdon benefits from being a train ride from Paris and many residents ...

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