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

French unemployment rate stood at 10.2 percent in the first quarter of 2016, unchanged from a downwardly revised figure in the previous quarter and slightly below market estimates of 10.3 percent. The reading for both quarters is the lowest since the June quarter 2014. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.23 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 7.10 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
10.20 10.20 10.70 7.10 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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-12-03 06:30 AM Q3 10.6% 10.4% 10.4% 10.4%
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 10.2% 10.1%
2016-12-02 06:30 AM Q3 10%

France Jobless Rate Steady in Q1


French unemployment rate stood at 10.2 percent in the first quarter of 2016, unchanged from a downwardly revised figure in the previous quarter and slightly below market estimates of 10.3 percent.

In metropolitan French only, with 2.8 million people, 9.9 percent of the active population was unemployed, stable from the previous three months. The unemployment increased among youth and persons aged 25 to 49 while it fell for those aged 50 and over. Compared to the previous year, it dropped  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  by 39,000 quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter and down by 26,000 over a year.

In the three months to March 2016, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.6 percent, up 0.2 percentage points compared to the final quarter 2015. Permanent employment rate for people aged 15-64 came in at 48.9 percent in the first quarter 2016 quarter. It increased by 0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter, as year-on-year. Meanwhile, fixed term and temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.3 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter and up 0.2 percentage points over the year.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased  by 0.1 percentage points to 71.1 percent in the first quarter and up by 0.4 percentage points year-on-year.

About  6.4 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
5/19/2016 7:03:19 AM

France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.20 10.20 10.70 7.10 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27644.30 27444.30 27644.30 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3520.00 3511.10 3591.00 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 64.60 64.30 65.00 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.40 5.00 2.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 23.30 23.50 26.20 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 112.16 111.66 112.16 20.64 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.31 106.24 106.31 38.97 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 239.50 254.50 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Wages 2912.00 2874.00 2912.00 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 114.60 114.00 114.60 72.70 Index Points [+]
Wage Growth 0.20 0.20 1.00 0.10 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 1466.62 1457.52 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 0.20 0.70 -0.50 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 21256.00 21545.90 21711.50 18337.00 Thousand [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 16021.10 15980.70 16437.60 12409.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 4770.20 4729.60 4929.00 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 56.10 56.10 56.70 56.10 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 9.20 -19.90 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]




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