France Unemployment Rate 1996-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in France increased 10.40 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from 10.10 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.15 Percent from 1996 until 2014, 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.

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France Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.40 10.10 10.80 7.20 1996 - 2014 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 - France Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - France Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Friday, December 19, 2014.


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.

In metropolitan France only, with 2.8 million people, 9.9 percent of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage points quarter-on- quarter there, and returned back to its level in the third quarter a year earlier.

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’s halo increased by 40,000 in Q3 2014, and rose by 70,000 over the year.

In the third quarter of 2014, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years decreased by 0.1 percentage points, and stood at 64.1 percent. Permanent contracts employment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points, at 48.9 percent of the population aged 15-64, while temporary contracts employment rate hold firm, at 6.9 percent.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 was also steady in July to September quarter and stood at 71.2 percent (-0.1 percentage points year-on-year). About  6.5 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, increasing by 0.3 percentage points, compared to the previous quarter. Slack work stood at 0.5 percent of the persons employed, a 0.2 percentage points rise over the quarter.

INSEE l Rida l rida@tradingeconomics.com
12/4/2014 11:57:22 AM


Recent Releases

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 Unemployment Rate Steady in Q1
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.1 percent in the first three months of 2014, unchanged from a downwardly revised 10.1 percent in the previous quarter. In this quarter, the weighting of the labor force survey was revised to include the results of the census 2011. Published on 2014-06-05


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-06-05 06:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q1
10.1% 10.1% (R) 10.3% 10.3%
2014-09-04 06:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q2
10.2% 10.1% 10.1%
2014-12-04 06:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q3
10.4% 10.1% (R) 10.3% 10.2%
2015-03-06 06:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q4
10.2%
2015-06-05 06:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q1
10.3%
2015-09-04 06:30 AM
Unemployment Rate  Q2
10.3%


France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.40 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27042.00 27036.00 27184.00 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2841.00 2764.00 2841.00 644.00 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 232.90 256.00 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.40 4.70 2.70 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 24.30 24.30 26.20 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 111.37 111.49 111.69 20.45 Index Points [+]
Wages 2624.51 2560.59 2624.51 1751.73 EUR [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 112.50 112.20 112.50 72.70 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 116.82 116.42 116.93 38.97 Index Points [+]
Population 65.80 65.52 65.80 45.68 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Minimum Wages 1445.38 1445.38 1445.38 1036.00 EUR [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Nov/14 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 4.70 Oct/14 4.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.60 Nov/14 6.50 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Aug/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.50 Oct/14 11.50 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Aug/14 10.10 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.90 Oct/14 5.00 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 5.20 Dec/12 6.30 9.40 5.20 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.20 Oct/14 12.90 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Oct/14 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.78 Oct/14 5.08 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 8.00 Nov/14 8.00 8.80 3.40 percent [+]
Russia 5.20 Nov/14 5.10 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.40 Nov/14 3.50 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.67 Aug/14 24.47 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.20 Nov/14 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.50 Sep/14 10.10 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 6.00 Oct/14 6.00 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.80 Nov/14 5.80 10.80 2.50 percent [+]