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The unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 points in Q2 2016

ILO unemployment rate and labour market indicators: results of the Labour Force Survey in Q2 2016

The unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 points compared to Q1 2016

In Q2 2016, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 9.9% of active population, after 10.2% in Q1 2016.

In metropolitan France only, the number of unemployed decreased by 74,000 to 2.8 million people unemployed; thus, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points q-o-q, standing at 9.6% of active population. It decreased across all age groups, particularly among youths. Over a year, the unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage points.

Among unemployed, 1.2 million were seeking a job for at least one year. The long-term unemployed rate stood at 4.3% of active population in Q2 2016, as in the previous quarter and in Q2 2015.

ILO-unemployment rate

ILO-unemployment rate

Estimation within +/-0.3 points of the level of unemployment rate and of its quarterly variations

Scope : population of people living in households, people aged 15 years or more

Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

ILO-unemployment rate in metropolitan France
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
(p) = provisional results
Scope : population of people living in households, people aged 15 years or more
Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey
ILO-unemployment rate (%) Variation in points Thou sands
2016 Q1 2016 Q2 (p) over quarter over year 2016 Q2 (p)
Unemployed persons 9.9 9.6 –0.3 –0.5 2,767
15-24 years 24.1 23.7 –0.4 0.0 643
25-49 years 9.2 9.0 –0.2 –0.5 1,591
50 years and more 6.5 6.4 –0.1 –0.6 533
Men 10.2 10.0 –0.2 –0.6 1,487
15-24 years 25.2 24.0 –1.2 0.1 353
25-49 years 9.4 9.1 –0.3 –0.8 845
50 years and more 6.8 6.8 0.0 –0.9 289
Women 9.4 9.3 –0.1 –0.2 1,280
15-24 years 22.8 23.2 0.4 –0.1 290
25-49 years 9.1 8.8 –0.3 –0.2 746
50 years and more 6.2 6.0 –0.2 –0.4 244
Long-term unemployed persons 4.3 4.3 0.0 0.0 1,241

In metropolitan France, 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 around unemployment. In Q2 2016, the number of people in this unemployment halo rose by 29,000 q-o-q and by 43,000 over a year.

People in unemployment's halo

People in unemployment's halo

Scope : population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or over

Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

The employment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points in Q2 2016

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.7% in Q2 2016. It increased slightly compared to early 2016 (+0.1 percentage points), specifically among youths and persons aged 50 to 64. Over a year, the employment rate rose by 0.5 percentage points.

The full-time-equivalent employment rate increased to an extent similar to the employment rate, standing at 59.9% in Q2 2016.

The permanent employment rate hold firm

Permanent employment rate for people aged 15-64 stood at 48.8% in Q2 2016, as in previous quarter. It increased by 0.2 percentage points year-on-year. Fixed-term and temporary employment rate stood at 7.4%. It increased slighlty (+0.1 percentage points) compared to the previous quarter and over the year.

Part-time employment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points, standing at 11.8% in Q2 2016, its Q2 2015 level. Full-time employment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points in Q2 2016, to 52.8%, and by 0.4 percentage points year-on-year.

ILO employment rate in the population aged 15-64 years
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
(p) = provisional results
Scope : population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15-64 years
Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey
% of people in the age group Variation in points over
2016 Q1 2016 Q2 (p) quarter year
Employed people 64.6 64.7 0.1 0.5
Men 67.8 67.9 0.1 0.5
Women 61.5 61.5 0.0 0.5
15-24 years 28.4 28.6 0.2 0.3
25-49 years 80.2 80.2 0.0 0.5
50-64 years 60.4 60.5 0.1 0.8
Included : 55-64 years 49.6 49.6 0.0 0.7
Permanent employment 48.8 48.8 0.0 0.2
Fixed-term and temporary employment 7.3 7.4 0.1 0.1
Full-time employment 52.7 52.8 0.1 0.4
Part-time employment 11.9 11.8 –0.1 0.0
Full-time-equivalent employment rate 59.8 59.9 0.1 0.6

Permanent and temporary/fixed-term employment rate in the population aged 15-64 years

Permanent and temporary/fixed-term employment rate in the population aged 15-64 years

Scope : population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15-64 years

Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Underemployment increased

In Q2 2016, 6.7% of the employed persons were underemployed, a ratio increasing by 0.3 percentage points over the quarter. Underemployment mainly concerns people who have a part-time job and wish to work more. Slack work stood at 0.5% of the employed (+0.3 percentage points q-o-q).

The activity rate decreased slightly

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 stood at 71.6% in Q2 2016. It decreased by 0.1 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and increased by 0.1 percentage points compared to Q2 2015.

ILO activity rate in the population aged 15-64 years
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
(p) = provisional results
Scope : population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15-64 years
Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey
% of people in the age group Variation in points over
2016 Q1 2016 Q2 (p) quarter year
Active people 71.7 71.6 –0.1 0.1
Men 75.7 75.5 –0.2 0.0
Women 67.9 67.8 –0.1 0.3
15-24 years 37.5 37.5 0.0 0.5
25-49 years 88.3 88.1 –0.2 0.0
50-64 years 64.7 64.8 0.1 0.4
Included : 55-64 years 53.3 53.3 0.0 0.4

Revisions

The ILO unemployment rate of Q1 2016 remains unchanged, compared to the provisional estimate published in May 2016.

Informations Rapides

n° 212 - August 18, 2016

ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 2nd quarter 2016

Next issue November 17, 2016 07:30 - 3rd Quarter 2016

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