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French Q2 ILO jobless rate dips to 9.5 pct vs 9.6 pct in Q1 -INSEE

PARIS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - France's ILO unemployment rate during the second quarter stood at 9.5 percent, marking a slight improvement from 9.6 percent in the previous quarter, according to data published by the INSEE national statistics office on Thursday.

The latest jobs statistics from INSEE chimed with a similar finding earlier this month, when INSEE reported that French private sector job growth had risen at its fastest rate in at least six years during the second quarter.

The ILO jobless rate corresponds to standards set by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to measure the percentage of people who are unemployed.

The steady creation of new jobs is gradually healing France's labor market, which suffered huge job losses after the 2008 global financial crisis. The pick up has also been giving President Emmanuel Macron a tailwind as his government pushes through reforms to ease employment regulations.

France is on course for its strongest economic growth since 2011 this year as foreign trade proves less of a drag and the unemployment rate falls, INSEE has forecast, with the country's 2017 economic growth estimated at 1.6 percent.

For more details from INSEE: http://www.insee.fr/en/themes/indicateur.asp?id=14 (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)