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.