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The local job market

The local job market

With an unemployment rate lower than the national average (9% versus 10.2% - and even 8.4% in Nantes), the Pays de la Loire is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic regions in France when it comes to the job market.
Nantes Saint-Nazaire regularly tops the rankings of French urban areas in terms of job creation, contributing to its balance and dynamism.
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The Nantes Saint-Nazaire metro area is the economic capital of Western France, with a population base of nearly one million inhabitants and a very powerful service sector. The area boasts more than 350,000 jobs, including over 60% in Greater Nantes.

The sectors that provide the most jobs :

  • Consulting firms (30,000 jobs)
  • Retail (25,500 jobs)
  • Digital tech (25,500 jobs)
  • Banking and insurance (20,000 jobs)
  • Tourism (25,500 jobs)


Nantes Saint-Nazaire also has a very active historical industrial base. The sector is driven by large companies such as Airbus (two plants in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire) and STX shipyards, a Total refinery and an LNG port terminal, and supported by a large network of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and subcontractors. In addition to metal and materials processing, the local economy has a powerful agribusiness industry with big names like Terrena and Eurial, and the presence of large construction corporations such as Colas, Bouygues Bâtiment and SPIE.