France Unemployment Rate 1996-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in France decreased to 10.30 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from 10.40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.20 percent from 1996 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 10.80 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
10.30 10.40 10.80 7.20 1996 - 2015 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. Content for - France Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2014-12-04 06:30 AM Q3 10.4% 10.1% (R) 10.3% 10.2%
2015-03-05 06:30 AM Q4 10.4% 10.3% (R) 10.2%
2015-06-04 06:30 AM Q1 10.3% 10.4% 10.7%
2015-09-04 06:30 AM Q2 10.3% 10.5%
2015-12-04 06:30 AM Q3 10.5%


French Jobless Rate Edges Down to 10.3% in Q1


French unemployment rate was recorded at 10.3 percent in the first quarter of 2015, slightly down from 10.4 percent in the December quarter, and below market expectations.

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.

INSEE l Rida Husna l rida@tradingeconomics.com
6/4/2015 6:48:07 AM


Recent Releases

French Unemployment Rate Highest in 16 Years
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, slightly up from a revised 10.3 percent in the previous period, and above market expectations. It is the highest level since the first quarter of 1998.
Published on 2015-03-05

French Unemployment Rate Rises to 10.4% in Q3
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014, up from a revised 10.1 percent in the previous period, and above market expectations. It was the highest level since the first quarter of 1998.
Published on 2014-12-04

French Jobless Rate Edges Up to 10.2% in Q2
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014, slightly up from 10.1 percent in the previous period, and above market expectations
Published on 2014-09-04

France Unemployment Rate Steady in Q1
French jobless rate was recorded at 10.1 percent in the first three months of 2014, unchanged from a downwardly revised 10.1 percent in the previous quarter. In this quarter, the weighting of the labor force survey was revised to include the results of the census 2011.
Published on 2014-06-05


France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.30 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27299.00 27269.00 27299.00 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3552.20 3536.00 3552.20 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Job Vacancies 197.90 228.40 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.60 4.20 4.60 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 23.70 23.80 26.10 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 111.36 110.76 111.69 20.45 Index Points [+]
Wages 2624.51 2560.59 2624.51 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 113.20 112.60 113.20 72.70 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.01 106.15 106.15 38.97 Index Points [+]
Population 66.02 65.53 66.02 45.68 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 16.20 26.20 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]
Minimum Wages 1457.52 1445.38 1457.52 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.00 May/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.70 May/15 6.40 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 May/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Mar/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.10 May/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Mar/15 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 May/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.40 May/15 12.40 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 May/15 3.30 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.45 May/15 4.31 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.90 May/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.60 May/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.90 May/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Mar/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jun/15 3.20 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 10.60 Mar/15 11.20 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Apr/15 5.50 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.30 Jun/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]