The unemployment rate in France unexpectedly edged up to 8.1 percent in the third quarter of 2021 from 8.0 percent in the previous period and above market expectations of 7.8 percent. The number of unemployed people rose by 52,000 to 2.4 million, almost similar to its end of 2019 level, before the health crisis. At the same time, the unemployment rate for people aged 15-24 increased 0.3 points to 20.0 percent while remaining constant for those aged 25 to 49 (at 7.1 percent) and those aged 50 or more (at 5.9 percent). The employment rate increased by 0.5 points to 67.5 percent, the highest level since INSEE measures it according to ILO’s definition and above its pre-crisis level by 0.7 points. The activity rate, meanwhile, went up by 0.6 points to 73.5 percent, also the highest level since the statistics agency measures it according to ILO’s definition and exceeded its pre-crisis level by 0.7 points. source: INSEE, France

Unemployment Rate in France averaged 8.41 percent from 1975 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 10.70 percent in the first quarter of 1994 and a record low of 3.20 percent in the first quarter of 1975. 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 - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in France is expected to be 8.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the France Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 8.30 percent in 2022 and 8.00 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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France Unemployment Rate


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-08-13 05:30 AM Q2 8% 8.1% 7.9% 7.8%
2021-11-19 06:30 AM Q3 8.1% 8% 7.8% 8.2%
2022-02-16 06:30 AM Q4


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Unemployment Rate 8.10 8.00 percent Sep/21
Employed Persons 28798.20 28455.00 Thousand Sep/21
Employment Rate 67.50 66.90 percent Sep/21
Long Term Unemployment Rate 2.40 2.50 percent Jun/21
Productivity 102.75 100.77 points Sep/21
Wages 3137.00 3084.00 EUR/Month Dec/18
Wages in Manufacturing 106.80 106.40 points Jun/21
Population 67.29 67.14 Million Dec/20
Labor Force Participation Rate 73.50 72.70 percent Sep/21
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 19942.20 19846.10 Thousand Sep/21
Government Payrolls 5839.70 5815.30 Thousand Jun/21
Non Farm Payrolls 25682.10 25392.70 Thousand Jun/21
Manufacturing Payrolls 2737.90 2736.20 Thousand Jun/21

News Stream
France Q3 Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Ticks Higher
The unemployment rate in France unexpectedly edged up to 8.1 percent in the third quarter of 2021 from 8.0 percent in the previous period and above market expectations of 7.8 percent. The number of unemployed people rose by 52,000 to 2.4 million, almost similar to its end of 2019 level, before the health crisis. At the same time, the unemployment rate for people aged 15-24 increased 0.3 points to 20.0 percent while remaining constant for those aged 25 to 49 (at 7.1 percent) and those aged 50 or more (at 5.9 percent). The employment rate increased by 0.5 points to 67.5 percent, the highest level since INSEE measures it according to ILO’s definition and above its pre-crisis level by 0.7 points. The activity rate, meanwhile, went up by 0.6 points to 73.5 percent, also the highest level since the statistics agency measures it according to ILO’s definition and exceeded its pre-crisis level by 0.7 points.
2021-11-19
France Jobless Rate Edges Down to 8% in Q2
The unemployment rate in France inched down to 8.0 percent in the second quarter of 2021 from 8.1 percent in the previous period but above market expectations of 7.9 percent, as the number of unemployed people decreased by 16,000 to 2.4 million. It was almost identical (- 0.1 points) to its end of 2019 level, before the health crisis. In Q2 2021, the unemployment rate declined for people aged 15-24 (-0.8 points), and those aged 25 to 49 (-0.2 points) and increased by 0.4 points for those aged 50 or more. Meantime, the employment rate increased by 0.3 points to 66.9 percent, while the activity rate went up by 0.2 points to 72.7 percent.
2021-08-13
French Unemployment Rate Little-Changed in Q1
The unemployment rate in France edged up to 8.1 percent in the first quarter of 2021, from 8.0 percent in the previous period and in line with market expectations, as the number of unemployed people increased by 18,000 to 2.4 million. The jobless rate was little-changed as a result of both the stability of the employment rate and a persistent withdrawal behavior from the labor market, due to the pandemic crisis and the ongoing coronavirus-induced restrictions. In Q1 2021, the unemployment rate increased for people aged 15-24 (+1.2 points), was almost stable for those aged 25-49 (+0.1 points) and decreased for those aged 50 or more (-0.3 points). Meantime, the employment rate was flat at 66.5 percent, while the activity rate stood at 72.4 percent.
2021-06-29

France Unemployment Rate
In France, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.