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Unemployment rate increases in Q4 2012

Unemployment rate

The unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points in Q4 2012 in metropolitan France

In Q4 2012, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.6% of the active population.

In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million unemployed people, 10.2% of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points q-o-q. Over a year, it increased by 0.8 point, and by 3.4 percentage points for people aged 15-24 years.

More generally, in metropolitan France, 3.7 million people did not work but would like to work, whether they are available or not for work within two weeks, or whether they look actively for a job or not (see additional indicators on the internet).

ILO-unemployment rate

ILO-unemployment rate

Estimation close to +/-0.3 point of the unemployment rate

Estimation close to +/-0.3 point of the quaterly variation of the unemployment rate

France = Metropolitan France + overseas departments

Covers the 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 - Metropolitan France
*(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
2012Q3 2012Q4 (p)* over quarter over year 2012Q4 (p)*
Total 9.9 10.2 0.3 0.8 2 944
15-24 years 24.1 25.7 1.6 3.4 730
25-49 years 9.0 9.1 0.1 0.5 1 653
50 years and more 6.8 7.2 0.4 0.8 560
Men 9.7 10.2 0.5 1.0 1 532
15-24 years 24.0 25.6 1.6 3.6 398
25-49 years 8.6 8.8 0.2 0.5 834
50 years and more 6.8 7.4 0.6 1.1 300
Women 10.0 10.3 0.3 0.7 1 412
15-24 years 24.2 25.8 1.6 3.2 332
25-49 years 9.3 9.4 0.1 0.4 819
50 years and more 6.9 6.9 0.0 0.3 260

ILO employment and activity

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years increased by 0.2 percentage points in Q4 2012 and stood at 64.1%. This rebound comes from people aged 50-64 years: their employment rate was up by 0.5 point q-o-q (+2.1 percentage points y-o-y).

Employment rate by age group

Employment rate by age group

Covers the population of people living in households, people aged 15-64 years

Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

The employment rate of people aged 25-49 years had decreased over the year (-0.4 percentage points), and stabilizes in Q4 2012 (+0.1 percentage points); as well as for people ages 15-24 years (-0.9 percentage points y-o-y).

ILO employment, unemployment and activity in the population aged 15-64 years
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter - Metropolitan France
*(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 from the data in table 1 (which covers the total population).
Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey
% of people in the age group Variation in point Thousands (1)
2012Q3 2012Q4 (p)* Over quarter Over year 2012Q4 (p)*
Employed people (15-64 years) 63.9 64.1 0.2 0.2 25 632
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59.5 59.7 0.2 0.3 23 876
Men aged 15-64 68.1 68.1 0.0 0.2 13 395
Women aged 15-64 59.9 60.2 0.3 0.3 12 237
15-24 years 28.5 28.5 0.0 –0.9 2 115
25-49 years 80.8 80.9 0.1 –0.4 16 491
50-64 years 57.2 57.7 0.5 2.1 7 026
Included : 55-64 years 44.8 45.8 1.0 3.0 3 658
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 44.6 45.8 1.2 3.0
Unemployed persons (15-64 years) 7.0 7.4 0.4 0.7 2 942
Men aged 15-64 7.4 7.8 0.4 0.9 1 531
Women aged 15-64 6.7 6.9 0.2 0.5 1 411
15-24 years 9.0 9.9 0.9 1.5 730
25-49 years 8.0 8.1 0.1 0.4 1 653
50-64 years 4.3 4.6 0.3 0.7 558
Included : 55-64 years 3.4 3.7 0.3 0.7 295
Active people (15-64 years) 71.0 71.5 0.5 1.0 28 574
Men aged 15-64 75.5 75.9 0.4 1.1 14 926
Women aged 15-64 66.6 67.2 0.6 0.8 13 648
15-24 years 37.5 38.4 0.9 0.6 2 846
25-49 years 88.8 89.0 0.2 0.0 18 144
50-64 years 61.5 62.2 0.7 2.6 7 585
Included : 55-64 years 48.3 49.5 1.2 3.7 3 954
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 4.8 4.9 0.1 0.3

Permanent contracts decreased by 0.1 percentage points in Q4 2012, at 49.0% of the population aged 15-64, whereas temporary contracts increased by 0.1 percentage points and stood at 6.7%.

The full time equivalent employment rate was lower by 4 percentage points than the employment rate: it stood at 59.7% on average in Q4 2012.

The activity rate of the 15-64 years increased by 0.5 percentage points, at 71.5%.

Underemployment concerns 5.3% of employed people

In Q4 2012, 5.3% of the persons employed were underemployed, rising by 0.1 percentage points. Slack work stood at 0.4%.

The unwanted part-time picked up by 0.2 percentage points and stood at 4.9% of the employed (see additional indicators on the internet).

ILO underemployment
Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter - Metropolitan France
*(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
2012Q3 2012Q4 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2012Q4 (p)*
Total 5.2 5.3 0.1 0.1 1 375
Included : slack work 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.2 96
Women 7.9 7.9 0.0 –0.2 979
Men 2.7 2.9 0.2 0.3 396

Revision

The ILO unemployment rate of Q3 2012 is not revised compared to the temporary publication of December 2012.

Informations Rapides

n° 55 - March 7, 2013

ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 4th Quarter 2012

Next issue September 4, 2014 07:30 - 2nd quarter 2014

For further information

Links

Time series data

More: Long time series about the labour market, data on January 2010, in French only

Local data, in French only

Metropolitan France

unemployment by "régions", by "départements", and by employment area

Unemployment in overseas departments

Guadeloupe, La Réunion, Martinique, Guyane

See also

Publications, in French only

Previous methodology

The series published until July 2007: methodology and data (.PDF, 25 KB), in French only

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