France Unemployment Rate  1996-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

French unemployment rate fell to 10.3 percent in the December quarter of 2015, as compared to a downwardly revised 10.4 percent in the previous three months. It is the lowest figure since the June quarter of 2015 and below market consensus. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.22 percent from 1996 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 10.70 percent in the first quarter of 1997 and a record low of 7.10 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
10.30 10.40 10.70 7.10 1996 - 2015 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 the latest reported value for - France Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. France Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-09-03 06:30 AM Q2 10.3% 10.3% 10.3% 10.5%
2015-12-03 06:30 AM Q3 10.6% 10.4% 10.4% 10.4%
2016-03-03 06:30 AM Q4 10.3% 10.4% 10.5% 10.7%
2016-05-19 05:30 AM Q1 10.3% 10.3%
2016-09-02 05:30 AM Q2 10.3%
2016-12-02 06:30 AM Q3 10.3%

French Jobless Rate Falls to 10.3% in Q4


French unemployment rate dropped o 10.3 percent in the December quarter of 2015, as compared to a downwardly revised 10.4 percent in the previous quarter. It is the lowest figure since the March quarter of 2015 and below market consensus.

In metropolitan French only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0 percent of the active population was unemployed, down from 10.1 percent in the third quarter 2015. The unemployment decreased across all age groups. Compared to the previous year, it fell  by 0.1 percentage points.

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 halo rose slightly  by 23,000 in the fourth quarter, virtually stable over the year (+6,000).

In the three months to December 2015, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.3 percent, the same as in the September quarter and in the December quarter 2014. Permanent employment rate remained at 48.6 percent in the December quarter. It decreased by 0.5 percentage points year-on-year. Meanwhile, temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.4 percent, the same as in the third quarter. It increased by 0.5 percentage points year-on-year.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased in the third quarter and stood at 71.5 percent (-0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and -0.2 percentage points year-on-year.)

About  6.6 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, decreasing by 0.1 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.2 percent of the persons employed.

Insee l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
3/3/2016 7:05:51 AM

France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.30 10.40 10.70 7.10 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27444.30 27429.00 27444.30 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3531.00 3591.00 3591.00 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 64.30 64.20 65.00 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.40 4.60 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 24.60 25.90 26.20 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 111.66 111.32 111.66 20.64 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.24 106.05 106.24 38.97 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 225.70 213.70 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Wages 2912.00 2874.00 2912.00 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.20 0.20 1.00 0.10 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 114.00 113.90 114.00 72.70 Index Points [+]
Minimum Wages 1466.62 1457.52 1466.62 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]
Population 66.09 65.53 66.09 45.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Employment Change 0.10 0.10 0.70 -0.50 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 21256.00 21545.90 21711.50 18337.00 Thousand [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1860.00 1400.00 1860.00 1400.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 3080.00 3000.00 3080.00 2920.00 EUR/Month [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.10 56.20 56.70 56.10 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 15947.70 15915.90 16434.20 12409.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 4770.20 4729.60 4929.00 3802.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims -60.00 38.40 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]




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