Unemployment “halo”: between ILO unemployment and inactivity

Élise Coudin, division Redistribution et politiques sociales, Hélène Thélot, cellule Synthèse et conjoncture de l’emploi, Insee

In 2007, 770,000 inactive people aged between15 and 64 wanted to work but were not counted as unemployed as defined by the ILO either because they were not seeking work or because they were not readily available for work. These people formed a "halo" around unemployment. One quarter later, 14% of them had a job, more than a quarter were unemployed and a third no longer wanted to work. Their access to employment was considerably more frequent than that of inactive people who did not want to work (3%), but remained less frequent than the access of the ILO-defined unemployed, a quarter of whom had a job in the next quarter. This unemployment "halo" formed a heterogeneous and changing group: those looking for a job, or those waiting for the results of previous searches, were close to the ILO-defined unemployed in terms of returning to work, while those who were not looking, whether they were readily available or not, were further from it. This is particularly true of "discouraged workers".

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No 1260
Paru le : 23/10/2009