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

Unemployment rate in France rose to 10.0 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from 9.9 percent in the June quarter. In metropolitan France only, with 2.8 million people, 9.7 percent of the active population was unemployed, up slightly from 9.6 percent in the previous three months. The unemployment increased among youths and persons aged 50 and over while it fell for men aged 25 to 49. Compared to the previous year, it dropped by 0.4 percentage points. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.26 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.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
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%
2016-11-17 06:30 AM Q3 10.0% 9.9% 9.8%
2017-03-03 06:30 AM Q4
2017-05-19 05:30 AM Q1
2017-08-18 05:30 AM Q2




France Jobless Rate Edges Up to 10.0% in Q3


Unemployment rate in France rose to 10.0 percent in the third quarter of 2016 from 9.9 percent in the June quarter.

In metropolitan France only, with 2.8 million people, 9.7 percent of the active population was unemployed, up slightly from 9.6 percent in the previous three months. The unemployment increased among youths and persons aged 50 and over while it fell for men aged 25 to 49. Compared to the previous year, it dropped by 0.4 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 declined by 26,000 quarter-on-quarter in the September quarter and up by 70,000 over a year.

In the September quarter, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.6 percent, down 0.1 percentage points compared to the second quarter. Permanent employment rate for people aged 15-64 came in at 48.5 percent, down by 0.3 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and by 0.1 percentage points year-on-year. Meanwhile, fixed term and temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.4 percent, the same as in the previous quarter and over the year.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased  by 0.1 percentage points to 71.7 percent in the third quarter, which was the same in the September quarter 2015.

About  6.3 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, decreasing by 0.4 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.3 percent of the persons employed (-0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter).

Insee l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
11/17/2016 6:51:05 AM



France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.00 9.90 10.70 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27734.00 27644.30 27734.00 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3478.80 3490.50 3591.00 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 64.60 64.70 65.00 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.30 4.40 5.00 2.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 23.90 24.70 26.30 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 248.60 284.10 363.80 121.10 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 16067.00 16014.80 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 56.00 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 -11.70 -66.30 74.40 -66.30 Thousand [+]



France Unemployment Rate Notes

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 December of 2016.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.00 9.90 10.70 7.20 1996 - 2016 percent Quarterly



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