France Unemployment Rate 1996-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in France remained unchanged at 10.30 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from 10.30 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.21 percent from 1996 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 10.80 percent in the first quarter of 1997 and a record low of 7.20 percent in the first quarter of 2008. Unemployment Rate in France is reported by the INSEE, France.

France Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.30 10.30 10.80 7.20 1996 - 2015 percent Quarterly
In France, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - France Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Content for - France Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Friday, September 4, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-05 06:30 AM Q4 10.4% 10.3%(R) 10.2%
2015-06-04 06:30 AM Q1 10.3% 10.4% 10.7%
2015-09-03 06:30 AM Q2 10.3% 10.3% 10.3% 10.5%
2015-12-04 06:30 AM Q3 10.3% 10.2%


French Jobless Rate Steady At 10.3% in Q2


French unemployment rate was recorded at 10.3 percent in the second quarter of 2015, unchanged from the previous three month period and matching market consensus.

In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0 percent of the active population was unemployed, as in the previous quarter. The unemployment rate among youth and 25-49 years-old decreased while it increased for persons aged 50 and over. Compared to the previous year, it increased  by 0.3 percentage points.

Among inactive people, 1.5 million wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed (unemployment halo). The number of people in the unemployment halo decreased by 12,000 in the second quarter of 2015, and rose by 126,000 over the year.

In the June quarter of 2015, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.2 percent, the same as in the previous three months and declined by 0.1 percentage points over the year. Permanent contracts employment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points, at 48.7 percent of the population aged 15-64, while temporary contracts employment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points, at 7.2 percent.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased in the second quarter and stood at 71.4 percent (+0.1 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year.

About  6.6 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, increasing by 0.1 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.3 percent of the persons employed, slightly increasing from 0.2 percent in the March quarter.

INSEE l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
9/3/2015 10:28:27 AM


Recent Releases

French Jobless Rate Edges Down to 10.3% in Q1
French unemployment rate was recorded at 10.3 percent in the first quarter of 2015, slightly down from 10.4 percent in the December quarter, and below market expectations.
Published on 2015-06-04

French Unemployment Rate Highest in 16 Years
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, slightly up from a revised 10.3 percent in the previous period, and above market expectations. It is the highest level since the first quarter of 1998.
Published on 2015-03-05

French Unemployment Rate Rises to 10.4% in Q3
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014, up from a revised 10.1 percent in the previous period, and above market expectations. It was the highest level since the first quarter of 1998.
Published on 2014-12-04

French Jobless Rate Edges Up to 10.2% in Q2
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014, slightly up from 10.1 percent in the previous period, and above market expectations
Published on 2014-09-04


France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.30 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27299.00 27269.00 27299.00 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3551.60 3553.50 3553.50 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 248.50 269.40 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.50 4.60 4.60 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 24.10 23.80 26.20 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 111.36 110.76 111.69 20.45 Index Points [+]
Wages 2875.00 2624.51 2875.00 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 113.20 112.60 113.20 72.70 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.22 106.01 106.22 38.97 Index Points [+]
Population 66.09 65.53 66.09 45.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Initial Jobless Claims -1.90 1.30 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]
Minimum Wages 1457.52 1445.38 1457.52 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 15867.10 15839.80 16433.80 12409.60 Thousand [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Jul/15 6.00 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 7.50 Jul/15 6.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Jul/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 10.90 Jul/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Jun/15 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jul/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.00 Jul/15 12.50 13.00 5.80 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 Jul/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.72 Jul/15 4.41 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.80 Jul/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.30 Jul/15 5.40 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Jul/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jul/15 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.30 May/15 9.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Jun/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jul/15 5.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]