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.