Job growth in France reached new high in 2016

Data from statistics office Insee showed that the number of new jobs in France reached a record high in 2016, The Local reported. 

Insee found that 187,200 nonfarm, private-sector jobs were created in the country in 2016. This is the highest level of job growth in France since 2007, with the source noting that this was before the global financial crisis hit. 

The job growth was "in line with improving sentiment among business leaders who are anticipating an increase in activity," as Philippe Waechter, chief economist at French investment bank Natixis, said in an interview with The Local. 

The site also reported that the strongest jobs quarter of 2016 was from September to December, during which time 64,400 jobs were added. 

The news comes as France continues to try to attract banks, investment firms and other financial companies displaced by Brexit to set up shop in France. 

Paris officials recently announced that they will build seven new skyscrapers in La Défense, the business district of the capital, by 2021, The Independent reported. When completed, the buildings will house 375,000 square metres of office space. 

Data from statistics office Insee showed that the number of new jobs in France reached a record high in 2016.