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Unemployment: what are the categories of job seekers?

Verified 31 mars 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Job seekers are registered at Pôle emploi in 5 categories: A, B, C, D and E.

The breakdown allows for a classification according to the availability of the job applicant.

Classification of job seekers

Categories

Job seekers concerned

A

Unemployed person required to perform positive job searchseeking employment regardless of the type of contract (CDI,CDD, full-time partial, temporary or seasonal)

B

Person who had a reduced activity of 78 hours maximum per month, required to perform positive job search

C

Person who has worked less than 78 hours a month, required to perform positive job search

D

Unemployed person, who is not immediately available, and who is not required to perform positive job search actions (job seeker in training, sickness, etc.)

E

A person who has a job, and who is not required to perform positive acts of job search

  Please note : Pôle emploi uses an internal administrative classification by number of job seekers: A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, D = 4, E = 5. The 2 category names are equivalent.