chomage longue durée


France french
Hello everybody

I must translate a sentence from French to English :
Le problème essentiel de la France, de l'Allemagne et de l'Italie, c'est le manque d'emplois et le chômage de longue durée.

The essential problem of France, Germany and Italy, is the lack of jobs and the long-run employment.

I am not quite sure
What do you think?
  • Angle O'Phial

    Senior Member
    USA English
    The main (essential is ok too) problem in France, Germany, and Italy is the lack of jobs and long-term unemployment.

    You might want to replace and with something like coupled with to avoid the confusion of lack modifying unemployment.
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