In metropolitan French only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0 percent of the active population was unemployed, down from 10.1 percent in the third quarter 2015. The unemployment decreased across all age groups. Compared to the previous year, it fell 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 slightly by 23,000 in the fourth quarter, virtually stable over the year (+6,000).
In the three months to December 2015, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.3 percent, the same as in the September quarter and in the December quarter 2014. Permanent employment rate remained at 48.6 percent in the December quarter. It decreased by 0.5 percentage points year-on-year. Meanwhile, temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.4 percent, the same as in the third quarter. It increased by 0.5 percentage points year-on-year.
The activity rate of people aged 15-64 increased in the third quarter and stood at 71.5 percent (-0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and -0.2 percentage points year-on-year.)
About 6.6 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.