Snapshot of the labour market in 2012
In 2012, 25.8 million people had a job, and 2.8 million were unemployed within the meaning of the ILO. Out of ten working people there was one self-employed person, five blue-collar or white-collar workers, and four managers or intermediate professions. 5.3% of people with a job were under-employed. This situation was most common among young people, workers, and women. After rising between 2008 and 2010, then falling slightly in 2011, unemployment increased once again in 2012 to reach its highest point since 1999. All age groups were affected by this deterioration, which mainly concerned blue-collar and white-collar workers, but also the intermediate professions, who had been spared in the two previous years.