In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million people, 10.2 percent of the active population was unemployed, up from 10.0 percent in the June quarter.The unemployment increased across all age groups, but more particularly youth (+1.0 percent).Compared to the previous year, it increased by 0.2 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 decreased sharply by 164000 in the third quarter of 2015.
In the three months to September 2015, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.2 percent, the same as in the previous quarter. Permanent contracts employment rate remained at 48.6 percent in the September quarter. It decreased by 0.3 percentage points year-on-year. Meanwhile, temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.4 percent. It increased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q, and by 0.6 percentage points y-o-y.
The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased in the third quarter and stood at 71.6 percent (+0.1 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and 0.2 percentage points year-on-year.
About 6.7 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, increasing by 0.1 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.3 percent of the persons employed,