France Unemployment Rate  1996-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in France unexpectedly increased to 9.2 percent in the three months to March of 2018 from an upwardly revised 9 percent in the previous period and missing market consensus of 8.8 percent. Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.27 percent from 1996 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 10.70 percent in the first quarter of 1997 and a record low of 7.20 percent in the first quarter of 2008.

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French Q1 Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Rises to 9.2%


The unemployment rate in France unexpectedly increased to 9.2 percent in the three months to March of 2018 from an upwardly revised 9 percent in the previous period and missing market consensus of 8.8 percent.

The average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and the overseas departments (excluding Mayotte) rose to 9.2 percent from 9 percent in the previous period. It was the lowest level since early 2009. In metropolitan French only, the unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points from the preceding quarter to 8.9 percent, as the number of unemployed went up by 83,000 to 2.6 million. The unemployment increased across all age groups, particularly among women aged 15 to 49. Among unemployed, 1.1 million were seeking a job for at least one year. The long-term unemployment rate  came in at 3.6 percent, almost steady compared to the December quarter (-0.1 points) and fell by 0.5 points from a year earlier.

In the first quarter, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 65.7 percent, remaining at the highest level since early 1980s. It increased slightly for persons aged 50 to 64 and was almost stable among other age groups. Over a year, the employment rate increased by 1.0 percentage points.

About 6 percent of the employed persons were underemployed, meaning that they had a part-time job but wished to work more. The ratio increased by 0.4 percentage points compared to Q4, and by was almost steady year on year.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 edged up to 72.2 oercent (from 72.0 percent in the preceding quarter). Over a year, it increased by 0.8 percentage points. Among inactive people, 1.5 million persons wished to work without being considered as unemployed according to the ILO definition: they made up the halo of unemployment. Their number fell by 22,000 compared to Q4 and nearly steady over a year (-10.000).


Insee l Rida | rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/23/2018 6:33:18 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-11-16 06:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.7% 9.5% 9.7% 9.5%
2018-02-15 06:30 AM Unemployment Rate 8.9% 9.6% 9.7%
2018-05-23 05:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.2% 9% 8.8% 9.1%
2018-08-14 05:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.2% 8.7%
2018-11-16 06:30 AM Unemployment Rate 8.5%


France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 9.20 9.00 10.70 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 28070.20 27989.50 28070.20 19530.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3434.20 3421.80 3584.90 1975.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 65.70 65.70 65.70 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 3.60 4.20 5.00 2.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 20.70 21.20 26.30 14.50 percent [+]
Labour Costs 107.30 106.60 107.30 5.90 Index Points [+]
Productivity 118.60 118.68 118.68 20.68 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 292.90 313.20 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Wages 2998.00 2956.00 2998.00 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 117.90 117.10 117.90 72.70 Index Points [+]
Minimum Wages 1498.47 1480.27 1498.47 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.10 0.30 1.00 0.10 percent [+]
Population 66.99 66.73 66.99 45.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 62.00 62.00 62.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 62.00 62.00 62.00 60.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 72.20 72.00 72.20 69.50 percent [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 12.40 -1.10 74.30 -61.70 Thousand [+]
Living Wage Family 1700.00 1660.00 1700.00 1610.00 EUR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1030.00 980.00 1030.00 930.00 EUR/Month [+]
Manufacturing Payrolls 2779.20 2779.80 5475.10 2771.50 Thousand [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 25172.10 25123.30 25172.10 24300.30 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 19378.40 19330.70 19378.40 12409.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 4838.00 4776.00 4965.70 3802.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 0.20 0.20 0.70 -0.50 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 21682.40 21859.10 21859.10 18337.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 5793.70 5792.60 5807.60 5608.70 Thousand [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1630.00 1570.00 1630.00 1510.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages High Skilled 3160.00 3420.00 3420.00 3160.00 EUR/Month [+]


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. 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 June of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9.20 9.00 10.70 7.20 1996 - 2018 percent Quarterly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.74 Mar/18
Brazil 12.90 Apr/18
Italy 11.20 Apr/18
Turkey 10.10 Mar/18
France 9.20 Mar/18
Euro Area 8.50 Apr/18
Canada 5.80 May/18
Australia 5.40 May/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.70 May/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Apr/18
South Korea 4.00 May/18
Netherlands 3.90 May/18
China 3.89 Mar/18
United States 3.80 May/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 Apr/18
Mexico 3.40 Apr/18
Japan 2.50 Apr/18
Switzerland 2.40 May/18


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