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Employment area: Avranches

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5,806 establishments, 415 of which employ 10 or more salaried workers
47,694 jobs including 7,850 in industry
Sectors: Coach-building, agrifood industry, luxury goods... Companies: Jean Chéreau, Electropoli, Lu, Louis Vuitton, Tricots Saint-James, Abattoirs de la Manche, Alliora…

The Avranches-Granville employment area: 1,443 km2
The area encompasses 143 communes and a population of 124,835 inhabitants (2009) for a density of 86 inhabitants per km2.

Total employment at 31/12/2005 was 47,694 jobs. The number of salaried workers in industry is 7,850, with an employment feminisation level of 34% and an average age of 38.1 years.
Industrial share in employment: 19.2%.
The unemployment level at third term was 5.5%.
At 01/01/2006, the employment area included 5,806 establishments (631 in industry, 867 in construction, 1,679 in trading and repair and 2,629 in the services sector).
Breakdown of salaried employment by sector for firms employing over 20 salaried workers: 29% in the agrifood industry; 14% in textile, clothing and leather goods; 13% in the motor industry; 9% in metallurgy; 6% in the wood and paper industry.
At the 1st of January 2006, there were 415 establishments employing 10 or more salaried workers.

Main sectors of activity.
- Motor industry, metallurgy and industrial coach-building: Jean Chéreau, Maisonneuve, Vans Théault, Electropoli…
- Agrifood industry: Abattoirs de la Manche (AIM), Lactalis, Lu France, Biscuiterie de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel, Lesaffre Ingredients services, La Compagnie des Fromages…
- Other sectors: Alliora (cardboard manufacture), Tricots Saint James (woollens), Louis Vuitton (luggage and leather goods),
Grandis (clothing), Chauvin Arnoux (scientific and technical instruments), Stelmi (rubber product manufacture), Transports

The employment area of Granville-Avranches is markedly less industrialised than the rest of the region, and has more or less managed to withstand industrial decline. The agrifood sector is the area's first ranking industry. Cheese production is in prime position, the two most important brand names in Camembert being produced in the area, at Lactalis in the vicinity of Villedieu-les-Poêles and La Compagnie des Fromages (Groupe Bongrain) in Ducey. Meat production is also well-represented by AIM, the area's premium employer. Two sites concurrently employ 380 salaried workers; Lu and the Biscuiterie de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel, and bear witness to the diversity of local produce.
Metallurgy, a difficult sector, is the employment area's second mainstay, with Electropoli and Jean Chéreau industrial coach-building.
Other sectors have known hard times, Alliora (cardboard packaging) and Chauvin-Arnoux (manufacturer of scientific and technical instruments).
Louis Vuitton in Juilley has created jobs in industry. Tricots Saint James woollens, Louis Vuitton and Grandis are representative of businesses in the clothing, textile and leather goods industry having withstood the crisis in this sector thanks to their solid establishment in the « luxury market » and to their international reputation.

  • Vue aérienne Tricots Saint James
  • Boutique Louis Vuitton