France Unemployment Rate 1996-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in France rose to 9.7 percent in the three months to September of 2017 from 9.5 percent in the previous period and in line with market consensus. It was the highest jobless rate since the fourth quarter of 2016. Meantime, the employment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 65.1 percent while the activity rate came in at 71.9 percent (from 72.0 percent in Q2). Unemployment Rate in France averaged 9.28 percent from 1996 until 2017, 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 Q3 Jobless Rate Highest in 3 Quarters


The unemployment rate in France rose to 9.7 percent in the three months to September of 2017 from 9.5 percent in the previous period and in line with market consensus. It was the highest jobless rate since the fourth quarter of 2016. Meantime, the employment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 65.1 percent while the activity rate came in at 71.9 percent (from 72.0 percent in Q2).

The average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and the overseas departments (excluding Mayotte) went up to 9.7 percent from 9.5 percent in the previous period. In metropolitan France only, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points from the preceding quarter to 9.4 percent, as the number of unemployed increased by 62,000 to 2.7 million. The unemployment rose among persons aged 25 to 49 and those aged 50 and over, whereas it declined for youths. Among unemployed, 1.2 million were seeking a job for at least one year. The long-term unemployment rate edged up to 4.2 percent from 4.0 percent in Q2.

In the third quarter, the employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years decreased by 0.2 percentage points from the previous period to 65.1 percent. It fell among those aged 25 to 49 and those aged 50 to 64, and held firm for youths. Over a year, the employment rate increased by 0.5 percentage points.

About 6.2 percent of the employed persons were underemployed, meaning that they had a part-time job but wished to work more.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 was almost steady at 71.9 oercent (from 72 percent in the June quarter). Over a year, it increased by 0.3 percentage points. Among inactive people, 1.4 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 59,000 compared to Q2 2017 and by 62,000 over a year.

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11/16/2017 6:48:08 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-05-18 05:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.6% 10.0% 9.9%
2017-08-17 05:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.5% 9.6% 9.5%
2017-11-16 06:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.7% 9.5% 9.7% 9.5%
2018-02-15 06:30 AM Unemployment Rate 9.7%
2018-05-18 05:30 AM Unemployment Rate
2018-08-17 05:30 AM Unemployment Rate


France Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 9.70 9.50 10.70 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 27950.40 27892.70 27950.40 19530.70 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 3483.60 3475.60 3579.50 1976.90 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 65.10 65.30 65.30 63.50 percent [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.20 4.00 5.00 2.40 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 22.00 22.50 25.70 14.50 percent [+]
Labour Costs 107.40 107.30 107.40 39.00 Index Points [+]
Productivity 113.38 112.82 113.38 20.64 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 266.40 322.20 363.80 121.10 Thousand [+]
Wages 2957.00 2913.00 2957.00 1751.73 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 116.60 116.10 116.60 72.70 Index Points [+]
Minimum Wages 1480.27 1466.62 1480.27 1035.97 EUR/Month [+]
Wage Growth 0.30 0.50 1.00 0.10 percent [+]
Population 66.99 66.73 66.99 45.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.33 65.00 65.33 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.33 65.00 65.33 60.00 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 71.90 72.00 72.00 69.50 percent [+]
Initial Jobless Claims 8.00 -64.80 74.40 -64.80 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 2767.30 2769.50 5475.10 2767.30 Thousand [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 25038.00 25038.00 25038.00 24297.80 Thousand [+]
Nonfarm Payrolls Private 19223.40 19173.50 19223.40 12409.60 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 4965.70 4812.70 4965.70 3802.00 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 0.20 0.30 0.70 -0.50 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 21667.30 21337.90 21711.50 18337.00 Thousand [+]
Government Payrolls 5814.60 5814.60 5820.00 5611.40 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 December of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9.70 9.50 10.70 7.20 1996 - 2017 percent Quarterly




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