In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million unemployed people, 10.2 percent of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points quarter-on-quarter. Over a year, it increased by 0.8 points and by 3.4 percentage points for people aged 15-24 years.
The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years increased by 0.2 percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2012 and stood at 64.1 percent. This rebound comes from people aged 50-64 years: their employment rate was up by 0.5 points from a quarter earlier (+2.1 percentage points year-on-year).
In the December quarter of 2012, 5.3 percent of the persons employed were underemployed, rising by 0.1 percentage points. Slack work stood at 0.4%. The unwanted part-time picked up by 0.2 percentage points and stood at 4.9 percent of the employed.