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

Unemployment Rate in France increased to 10.40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 10.30 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.20 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.40 10.30 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, May 22, 2015.

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


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.

In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0 percent of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points quarter-on- quarter there and increased  by 0.4 percentage points over 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 20,000 in Q4 2014, and rose by 78,000 over the year.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years increased by 0.1 percentage points, and stood at 64.2 percent. Permanent contracts employment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points, at 49.1 percent of the population aged 15-64, while temporary contracts employment rate held steady at 6.8 percent.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased in October to December quarter and stood at 71.4 percent (+0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and +0.3 percentage points year-on-year). About  6.5 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, increasing by 0.1 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.4 percent of the persons employed.

INSEE l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
3/5/2015 11:59:03 AM


Recent Releases

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 10.40 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27269.00 27114.00 27269.00 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3509.80 3494.40 3509.80 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 242.00 196.90 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.60 4.20 4.60 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 24.40 24.60 26.20 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 110.76 111.36 111.69 20.45 Index Points [+]
Wages 2624.51 2560.59 2624.51 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 112.60 112.50 112.60 72.70 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.15 105.21 106.15 38.97 Index Points [+]
Population 66.02 65.53 66.02 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 [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 15.40 12.80 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]
Minimum Wages 1457.52 1445.38 1457.52 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.20 Apr/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.40 Apr/15 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Apr/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Feb/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Mar/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Mar/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.00 Mar/15 12.70 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Apr/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Apr/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.20 Feb/15 11.30 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Mar/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.40 Apr/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]