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

France unemployment rate dropped to 9.9 percent in the June quarter of 2016 from 10.2 percent in the first quarter. It was the lowest jobless rate since the September quarter 2012. Meanwhile, in metropolitan France only, the unemployment rate decreased to 9.6 percent, as the number of unemployed declined by 74,000 to 2.8 million people unemployed. It decreased across all age groups, particularly among youths. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.25 percent from 1996 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 10.70 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
9.90 10.20 10.70 7.20 1996 - 2016 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-03 06:30 AM Q4 10.2% 10.4% 10.5% 10.7%
2016-05-19 05:30 AM Q1 10.2% 10.2% 10.3% 10.2%
2016-08-18 05:30 AM Q2 9.9% 10.2% 10.1%
2016-12-02 06:30 AM Q3 9.9% 9.8%

France Jobless Rate Lowest Since Q3 2012


France unemployment rate dropped to 9.9 percent in the June quarter of 2016 from 10.2 percent in the first quarter. It was the lowest jobless rate since the September quarter 2012.

In metropolitan France only, with 2.8 million people, 9.6 percent of the active population was unemployed, lower than 9.9 percent in the previous three months. The unemployment decreased all age groups, particularly among youths. Compared to the previous year, it dropped by 0.5 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 rose  by 29,000 quarter-on-quarter in the June quarter and up by 43,000 over a year.

In the three months to June 2016, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.7 percent, up 0.1 percentage points compared to the first quarter. Permanent employment rate for people aged 15-64 came in at 48.8 percent in the second quarter, unchanged from thr preceding quarter but up by 0.2 percentage points year-on-year. Meanwhile, fixed term and temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.4 percent, up 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter and over the year.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 decreased  by 0.1 percentage points to 71.6 percent in the second quarter and up by 0.1 percentage points year-on-year.

About  6.7 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, increasing by 0.3 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.5 percent of the persons employed (+0.3 percentage points quarter-on-quarter).

Insee l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
8/18/2016 7:15:56 AM

France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 9.90 10.20 10.70 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27734.00 27644.30 27734.00 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3556.80 3506.60 3591.00 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 64.70 64.60 65.00 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.40 5.00 2.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 24.40 23.30 26.20 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 111.76 112.16 112.16 20.64 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.60 106.31 106.60 38.97 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 224.10 267.80 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Wages 2912.00 2874.00 2912.00 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 115.10 114.60 115.10 72.70 Index Points [+]
Wage Growth 0.30 0.50 1.00 0.10 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 1466.62 1466.62 1466.62 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]
Population 66.63 66.38 66.63 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 0.20 0.30 0.70 -0.50 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 21455.20 21188.60 21711.50 18337.00 Thousand [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16042.50 16018.40 16437.60 12409.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 4869.00 4865.00 4937.60 3802.00 Thousand [+]
Wages High Skilled 3140.00 3090.00 3140.00 2920.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1860.00 1990.00 1990.00 1400.00 EUR/Month [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.00 56.10 56.70 56.00 percent [+]
Living Wage Family 2290.00 2190.00 2290.00 2190.00 EUR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1170.00 1140.00 1170.00 1130.00 EUR/Month [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 50.20 -19.10 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]




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