French Polynesian Unemployment Doubles Over 5 Years

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Census also shows population growing, but migration high

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 26, 2013) – Census figures released in French Polynesia show a doubling of unemployment over five years to almost 22 percent last year.

In the same period, the population increased by 8,500 to reach 268,000.

However, migration figures have been negative, with almost 8,000 more people leaving the territory than entering.

Internal migration has seen a shift from Papeete to nearby townships.

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