In metropolitan France only, with 2.8 million people, 9.7 percent of the active population was unemployed. Over a year, it decreased by 0.2 percentage points.
Among inactive people, 1.4 million wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed: they are part of the unemployment’s halo. The number of people in the unemployment’s halo rose by 55,000 in Q1 2014, and by 101,000 over the year.
The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years increased by 0.1 percentage points in Q1 2014 and stood at 64.3 percent; over a year, it increased by 0.4 percentage points. The employment rate of the population aged 50-64 years increased most, by 0.4 percentage points q-o-q and by 0.9 percentage points y-o-y. The employment rate of the population aged 25-49 years was steady in Q1 2014 and for people aged 15-24 years, it increased by 0.1 percentage points.
In Q1 2014, 6.3 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, decreasing by 0.1 percentage points. Slack work stood at 0.2 percent. The unwanted part-time picked up by 0.1 percentage points and stood at 6.1 percent of the employed.