In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0 percent of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points quarter-on- quarter, especially for persons aged 50 and over. Compared to the previous year, it increased by 0.2 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’s halo increased by 71,000 in Q1 2015, and rose by 104,000 over the year.
In the first quarter of 2015, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years decreased by 0.2 percentage points, and stood at 64.1 percent. Permanent contracts employment rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points, at 48.8 percent of the population aged 15-64, while temporary contracts employment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points, at 7.0 percent.
The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased in the March quarter and stood at 71.3 percent (-0.3 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and +0.3 percentage points year-on-year)and remained stable year-on-year.
About 6.5 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, the same as in the preceding quarter. Slack work stood at 0.2 percent of the persons employed, decreasing by 0.1 points quarter-on-quarter.