France Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate in France decreased to 10.20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 from 10.30 percent in the third quarter of 2013. Unemployment Rate in France is reported by the INSEE, France. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.30 Percent from 1996 until 2013, reaching an all time high of 11.20 Percent in the first quarter of 1997 and a record low of 7.20 Percent in the first quarter of 2008. 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 - France Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-16

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
10.20 10.30 11.20 7.20 10.30 | 2014/03 1996 - 2013 Percent Quarterly

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France Unemployment Rate
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CALENDAR GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2013-06-06 07:45 AM France
Unemployment Rate
Q1 2013 10.8% 10.5% (R) 10.9% 10.58%
2013-09-05 06:30 AM France
Unemployment Rate
Q2 2013 10.9% 10.8% 10.8%
2013-12-05 06:30 AM France
Unemployment Rate
Q3 2013 10.9% 10.8% (R) 11.1%
2014-03-06 06:30 AM France
Unemployment Rate
Q4 2013 10.2% 10.3% (R) 11.1%
2014-06-05 06:30 AM France
Unemployment Rate
Q1 2014 10.2% 10.3%
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Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Unit
Population 65.80 2013-12-31 65.52 65.80 45.68 66.05 2014-06-30 Million [+]
Employed Persons 26965.00 2013-11-15 26941.00 27184.00 19713.00 26961.14 2014-03-31 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 202.40 2014-02-28 201.10 363.80 121.10 256.57 2014-03-31 Thousand [+]
Labour Costs 116.83 2013-11-15 116.93 116.93 38.97 117.20 2014-03-31 Index Points [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.40 2013-09-30 4.30 4.70 2.70 4.38 2013-12-31 percent [+]
Productivity 98.76 2013-11-15 98.55 98.76 18.72 98.88 2014-03-31 Index Points [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 2013-01-01 65.00 60.50 60.00 64.99 2013-12-31 [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 2013-01-01 65.00 65.00 60.00 64.99 2013-12-31 [+]
Wages 110.20 2013-11-15 110.00 110.20 3.30 110.66 2014-03-31 Index Points [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 110.90 2013-11-15 110.70 110.90 72.70 111.36 2014-03-31 Index Points [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 23.60 2014-02-15 23.60 26.30 14.50 24.30 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
Unemployment Rate 10.20 2013-11-15 10.30 11.20 7.20 10.30 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
Minimum Wages 1430.20 2013-12-31 1430.20 1430.20 1036.00 1434.73 2014-01-31 EUR [+]
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French Unemployment Rate Falls in Q4

France's jobless rate decreased to 10.2 percent in the last quarter of 2013, down from a revised 10.3 percent in the previous three-month period. The unemployment rate was calculated under a new method significantly lowering the jobless level.

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years was steady in Q4 2013 and over the year, and stood at 64.1 percent. The activity rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point and stood at 71.1 percent. Over the year, it was steady.

2.788 million people were unemployed in the fourth quarter, a 0.1 percent drop from Q3. Youth unemployment eased to 22.8 percent in Q4 from 23.9 percent in Q3. 

In mainland France, the unemployment rate declined by 0.1 point to 9.8 percent.

The unemployment rate is computed according to International Labor Organization standards. Some questions were renewed, mainly in the objective to make the interviews more fluent thanks to a better wording of the questions. The assessment of the data shows that the new questionnaire has changed the way some interviewees answer to certain questions. This has impacts on the estimates of levels.

INSEE | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/6/2014 9:50:10 AM

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Unemployment Rate | Notes
The unemployment rate can be defined as the number of people actively looking for a job divided by the labour force. Changes in unemployment depend mostly on inflows made up of non-employed people starting to look for jobs, of employed people who lose their jobs and look for new ones and of people who stop looking for employment.


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