In metropolitan French only, with 2.8 million people, 9.9 percent of the active population was unemployed, stable from the previous three months. The unemployment increased among youth and persons aged 25 to 49 while it fell for those aged 50 and over. Compared to the previous year, it dropped by 0.1 percentage points.
Among inactive people, 1.4 million wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed (unemployment halo). The number of people in the unemployment halo rose by 39,000 quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter and down by 26,000 over a year.
In the three months to March 2016, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.6 percent, up 0.2 percentage points compared to the final quarter 2015. Permanent employment rate for people aged 15-64 came in at 48.9 percent in the first quarter 2016 quarter. It increased by 0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter, as year-on-year. Meanwhile, fixed term and temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.3 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter and up 0.2 percentage points over the year.
The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased by 0.1 percentage points to 71.1 percent in the first quarter and up by 0.4 percentage points year-on-year.
About 6.4 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, decreasing by 0.1 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.2 percent of the persons employed.