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

Unemployment Rate in France increased to 10.60 percent in the third quarter of 2015 from 10.40 percent in the second quarter of 2015. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.23 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.

France Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.60 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. France Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-06-04 06:30 AM Q1 10.3% 10.4% 10.7%
2015-09-03 06:30 AM Q2 10.3% 10.3% 10.3% 10.5%
2015-12-03 06:30 AM Q3 10.6% 10.4% 10.4% 10.4%
2016-03-03 06:30 AM Q4 10.6% 10.7%
2016-06-03 05:30 AM Q1 10.8%
2016-09-02 05:30 AM Q2 10.8%

French Jobless Rate At Nearly 18-Year High


French unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 10.6 percent in the September quarter, as compared to an upwardly revised 10.4 percent in the previous three-month period and above market consensus. It is the highest jobless rate since the fourth quarter of 1997.

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, 

INSEE l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
12/3/2015 11:37:12 AM

France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.60 10.40 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27429.00 27365.00 27429.00 19713.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3590.60 3574.80 3590.60 1979.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 64.20 64.20 65.00 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.40 4.40 4.60 2.60 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 25.90 25.80 26.20 14.50 percent [+]
Productivity 111.32 111.24 111.33 20.64 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.03 106.22 106.22 38.97 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 186.50 215.80 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Wages 2912.00 2874.00 2912.00 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.20 0.30 1.00 0.10 percent [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 113.60 113.20 113.60 72.70 Index Points [+]
Minimum Wages 1457.52 1457.52 1457.52 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]
Population 66.09 65.53 66.09 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 0.10 0.70 -0.50 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 21507.00 21288.70 21711.50 18337.00 Thousand [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1400.00 1400.00 1400.00 1400.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 3000.00 2950.00 3000.00 2920.00 EUR/Month [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.20 56.10 56.70 56.10 percent [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 15847.90 15848.80 16432.90 12409.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 4718.20 4850.30 4929.00 3802.00 Thousand [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 15.80 -15.00 74.40 -60.90 Thousand [+]




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