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The unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 point in Q1 2015

ILO unemployment rate and labour market indicators: results of the Labour Force Survey in Q1 2015

Decrease in unemployment rate in Q1 2015

In Q1 2015, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.3% of active population, after 10.4% in Q4 2014. In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0% of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q, especially for persons aged 50 and over. Over a year, it increased by 0.2 percentage points.

ILO-unemployment rate

ILO-unemployment rate

Estimation close to +/-0.3 point of the level of unemployment rate and of its quarterly variations

Covers the population of people living in households, people aged 15 years or more

Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Significant increase in unemployment halo

In metropolitan France, among inactive people, 1.5 million wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed: they are part of the halo around unemployment. The number of people in this unemployment halo rose by 71,000 in Q1 2015. This increase mainly concerns persons who wish to work, are available to take a job, but didn’t seek one. Over the year, the unemployment halo rose by 104,000 persons.

Ilo-unemployment rate in metropolitan France
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
*(p) = provisional results
Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or more
Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey
ILO-unemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2014Q4 2015Q1 (p)* over quarter over year 2015Q1 (p)*
Total 10.1 10.0 -0.1 0.2 2,858
15-24 years 23.9 24.1 0.2 1.2 648
25-49 years 9.5 9.5 0.0 0.4 1,690
50 years and more 6.8 6.4 -0.4 -0.4 520
Men 10.5 10.4 -0.1 0.3 1,544
15-24 years 25.5 25.6 0.1 2.4 374
25-49 years 9.5 9.6 0.1 0.1 892
50 years and more 7.2 6.7 -0.5 0.0 278
Women 9.7 9.6 -0.1 0.2 1,314
15-24 years 21.9 22.4 0.5 -0.2 274
25-49 years 9.5 9.3 -0.2 0.6 798
50 years and more 6.3 6.1 -0.2 -0.8 242

People in unemployment's halo

People in unemployment's halo

Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or more

Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

The employment rate and the activity rate decreased

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.1% in Q1 2015. It decreased by 0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter.

ILO employment, unemployment and activity in the population aged 15-64 years
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
*(p) = provisional results
Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or more
(1) those data cover the people who are 15-64 years old. They are a little bit different of the data in the previous table (which covers the total population).
Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey
% of people in the age group Variation in point over Thousands (1)
2014Q4 2015Q1 (p)* quarter year 2015Q1 (p)*
Employed people 64.3 64.1 -0.2 -0.2 25 463
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59.4 59.3 -0.1 -0.1 23 545
Men 67.7 67.5 -0.2 -0.2 13 168
Women 61.0 60.9 -0.1 -0.1 12 296
15-24 years 28.3 28.3 0.0 -0.3 2 038
25-49 years 80.2 79.8 -0.4 -0.9 16 152
50-64 years 59.2 59.4 0.2 1.2 7 273
Included : 55-64 years 47.9 48.3 0.4 2.1 3 852
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 47.5 48.0 0.5 2.0
Unemployed persons 7.3 7.2 -0.1 0.2 2 852
Men 8.0 7.9 -0.1 0.2 1 538
Women 6.6 6.5 -0.1 0.1 1 313
15-24 years 8.9 9.0 0.1 0.5 648
25-49 years 8.4 8.3 -0.1 0.2 1 690
50-64 years 4.4 4.2 -0.2 -0.1 513
Included : 55-64 years 3.8 3.5 -0.3 -0.2 278
Active people 71.6 71.3 -0.3 0.0 28 315
Men 75.7 75.4 -0.3 0.0 14 706
Women 67.6 67.4 -0.2 0.0 13 609
15-24 years 37.2 37.3 0.1 0.2 2 687
25-49 years 88.6 88.1 -0.5 -0.7 17 842
50-64 years 63.6 63.5 -0.1 1.0 7 786
Included : 55-64 years 51.6 51.8 0.2 1.9 4 131
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 5.1 5.1 0.0 0.1

Permanent contracts employment rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points in Q1 2015, at 48.8% of the population aged 15-64. Temporary contracts employment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points, at 7.0%.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 stood at 71.3% in Q1 2015. It decreased by 0.3 percentage points quarter-on-quarter, and remained stable year-on-year.

Underemployment concerns 6.5% of employed people

In Q1 2015, 6.5% of the employed persons were underemployed, as in Q4 2014. Slack work stood at 0.2% of the employed, decreasing by 0.1 points quarter-on-quarter.

ILO underemployment
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
*(p) = provisional results
Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or more
Source : INSEE, Labour Force Survey
ILO underemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2014Q4 2015Q1 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2015Q1 (p)*
Total 6.5 6.5 0.0 0.2 1 682
Included : slack work 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.0 63
Men 3.7 3.6 -0.1 0.5 480
Women 9.5 9.6 0.1 0.0 1 202

Revision

The ILO unemployment rate of Q1, Q3 and Q4 2014 are revised upwards by 0.1 points, compared to the temporary publication of March 2015. For those quarters, besides the usual revisions, the weighting of the Labour Force Survey has been revised to include the results of the census 2012, as well as the results of the continuous Labour Force Survey in overseas departments.

Informations Rapides

n° 136 - June 4, 2015

ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 1st Quarter 2015

Next issue September 3, 2015 07:30 - 2nd Quarter 2015

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