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.