Located in Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, Jouques is a town with a strong rural tradition and an exceptional natural heritage. Parts of this heritage now lie abandoned, however. Many olive groves are left fallow, representing a loss of rural heritage as well as increasing erosion and fire risks, which negatively impact biodiversity. There is therefore a significant need for manpower in order to maintain and enhance these natural and sensitive areas. However, since 2016, Jouques has been one of the ten municipalities involved in a regional policy experiment aimed at fighting long-term unemployment 1. A new law allows long-term job seekers to be hired on permanent contracts for social and solidarity economy activities.
1 Law of 29 February 2016 in order to reduce long-term unemployment in 10 voluntary territories.