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

The unemployment rate in metropolitan France and the overseas departments, excluding Mayotte, fell to 9.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018 from 9.2 percent in the previous period and below market expectations of 9.2 percent. In metropolitan France only, the jobless rate declined to 8.7 percent from 8.9 percent in the first quarter, as the number of unemployed dropped by 48,000 to 2.5 million. Also, the employment rate hit the highest level since the early 1980s, and the activity rate was stable at a record high. 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 Q2 Jobless Rate Below Forecasts


The unemployment rate in France fell to 9.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018 from 9.2 percent in the previous period and below market expectations of 9.2 percent.

The average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and the overseas departments (excluding Mayotte) edged down to 9.1 percent in the second quarter from 9.2 percent in the previous period. In metropolitan France only, the unemployment rate declined to 8.7 percent in the three months to June from 8.9 percent in the previous period, as the number of unemployed dropped by 48,000 to 2.5 million. The unemployment rate declined among youths and persons aged 25 to 49, whereas it was stable for those aged 50 and over. Among unemployed, 1.0 million were seeking a job for at least one year. Thus, the long-term unemployment rate stood at 3.6 percent, the same as in the previous quarter. 

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years increased by 0.1 percentage points to 65.8 percent in the second quarter, its highest level since the early 1980s. The employment rate rose by 0.3 points for persons aged 25 to 49 and was practically stable among other age groups. Over a year, it increased by 0.4 percentage points.

About 5.8 percent of the employed persons were underemployed, meaning that they had a part-time job but wished to work more. This share was close to that of Q1 2018 (-0.1 percentage points) and was 0.2 percentage points below year-on-year.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 was stable at 72.2 percent, its highest level since the beginning of the series in 1975. Over a year, it increased by 0.2 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 decreased by 19,000 compared to Q1 2018 and by 25,000 over a year.


INSEE, France | Rida | rida@tradingeconomics.com
8/14/2018 10:43:14 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
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 9.1% 9.2% 9.2% 8.9%
2018-11-16 06:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.1% 8.8%


France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 9.10 9.20 10.70 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 28070.20 27989.50 28070.20 19530.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3442.70 3444.50 3584.90 1975.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 65.80 65.70 65.80 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 3.60 3.60 5.00 2.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 20.40 20.40 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 295.60 292.90 363.80 121.10 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 0.70 0.10 1.00 0.10 percent [+]
Population 67.19 66.95 67.19 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 72.20 72.20 69.50 percent [+]
Initial Jobless Claims -1.80 10.30 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 19407.30 19376.30 19407.30 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 August of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9.10 9.20 10.70 7.20 1996 - 2018 percent Quarterly




unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 15.30 Jun/18
Brazil 12.40 Jun/18
Italy 10.90 Jun/18
Turkey 9.70 May/18
France 9.10 Jun/18
Euro Area 8.30 Jun/18
Canada 5.80 Jul/18
Australia 5.30 Jul/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.70 Jul/18
United Kingdom 4.00 Jun/18
United States 3.90 Jul/18
China 3.83 Jun/18
Netherlands 3.80 Jul/18
South Korea 3.80 Jul/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 Jun/18
Mexico 3.40 Jun/18
Japan 2.40 Jun/18
Switzerland 2.40 Jul/18


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