But in the last year, the number of people out of work has climbed by more than 5 percent.
New figures suggest in November alone, an extra 30,000 people were looking for work taking the overall unemployment figure to a 12 year high of 9.3 percent.
The under-25s and over-50s are the worst affected. 53-year-old Isabelle Léger is a former engineer who has been out of work for two years.
"Of course I'm very demoralised but what can I do?