The unemployment rate was steady in Q2 2015ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 2nd Quarter 2015

In Q2 2015, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.3% of active population. In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0% of the active population was unemployed, as in the previous quarter. The unemployment rate decreased among youth and 25-49 years-old and increased for persons aged 50 and over. Over a year, the unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points.

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No 215
Paru le : 03/09/2015
Prochaine parution le : 15/02/2018 at 07:30 - fourth quarter 2017

The unemployment rate remained at 10.3% in Q2 2015 in France

In Q2 2015, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.3% of active population. In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million people, 10.0% of the active population was unemployed, as in the previous quarter. The unemployment rate decreased among youth and 25-49 years-old and increased for persons aged 50 and over. Over a year, the unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points.

graph_cho_nvIR – ILO-unemployment rate

  • Estimation close to +/-0.3 points of the level of unemployment rate and of its quarterly variations
  • Covers the population of people living in households, persons aged 15 years or more
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Slight down in the unemployment halo over Q1 2015

In metropolitan France, among inactive people, 1.5 million wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed according to the ILO definition: they are part of the halo around unemployment. The number of people in this unemployment halo decreased q-o-q (–12,000) in Q2 2015. It rose by 126,000 persons over a year.

tab_cho_nvIR – ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France
ILO-unemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2015Q1 2015 Q2 (p)* over quarter over year 2015 Q2 (p)*
Total 10.0 10.0 0.0 0.3 2 852
15-24 years 24.0 23.4 –0.6 0.4 625
25-49 years 9.5 9.3 –0.2 0.1 1 657
50 years and more 6.4 7.0 0.6 0.4 570
Men 10.3 10.5 0.2 0.5 1 562
15-24 years 25.3 23.6 –1.7 –0.9 345
25-49 years 9.6 9.7 0.1 0.6 900
50 years and more 6.7 7.6 0.9 0.9 317
Women 9.6 9.4 –0.2 –0.1 1 290
15-24 years 22.4 23.2 0.8 2.0 279
25-49 years 9.3 8.9 –0.4 –0.3 757
50 years and more 6.1 6.4 0.3 0.0 254
  • *(p) = provisional results
  • Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, persons aged 15 years or more
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

tab_partpop_nvIR – ILO employment, unemployment and activity in the population aged 15-64 years

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
ILO employment, unemployment and activity in the population aged 15-64 years
% of people in the age group Variation in point over Thousands (1)
2015 Q1 2015 Q2 (p)* quarter year 2015 Q2 (p)*
Employed people 64.2 64.2 0.0 -0.1 25 493
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59.3 59.4 0.1 0.0 23 557
Men 67.5 67.5 0.0 –0.2 13 164
Women 60.9 61.1 0.2 0.1 12 328
15-24 years 28.4 28.2 –0.2 –0.2 2 042
25-49 years 79.8 79.9 0.1 –0.6 16 150
50-64 years 59.3 59.7 0.4 1.1 7 301
Included : 55-64 years 48.3 48.8 0.5 2.0 3 887
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 48.0 48.4 0.4 1.9
Unemployed persons 7.2 7.2 0.0 0.2 2 847
Men 7.9 8.0 0.1 0.4 1 561
Women 6.5 6.4 –0.1 0.0 1 286
15-24 years 9.0 8.6 –0.4 0.1 625
25-49 years 8.3 8.2 –0.1 0.1 1 657
50-64 years 4.2 4.6 0.4 0.4 565
Included : 55-64 years 3.5 3.9 0.4 0.3 312
Active people 71.3 71.4 0.1 0.1 28 340
Men 75.4 75.5 0.1 0.2 14 725
Women 67.4 67.4 0.0 0.0 13 614
15-24 years 37.4 36.9 –0.5 0.0 2 666
25-49 years 88.2 88.1 –0.1 –0.5 17 807
50-64 years 63.5 64.3 0.8 1.5 7 866
Included : 55-64 years 51.8 52.8 1.0 2.4 4 199
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 5.2 5.2 0.0 0.2
  • *(p) = provisional results
  • Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, persons 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

graph_halo_IR – 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

Stability of employment rate and slight increase in activity rate

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.2% in Q2 2015, as in the previous quarter. It decreased by 0.1 percentage points over the year.

Permanent contracts employment rate stood at 48.7% in Q2 2015. It decreased by –0.1 percentage points quarter-on-quarter, and by 0.5 percentage points year-on-year. Temporary contracts employment rate increased (+0.2 percentage points q-o-q), standing at at 7.2%.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 stood at 71.4% in Q2 2015. It increased by 0.1 percentage points quarter-on-quarter, and year-on-year.

Underemployment increased slightly

In Q2 2015, 6.6% of the employed persons were underemployed, increasing by 0.1 percentage points over the quarter. It mainly concerns people who have a part-time job and wish to work more. Slack work stood at 0.3% of the employed, rising slightly this quarter.

Tab_ssemp_nvIR – ILO underemployment

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
ILO underemployment
ILO underemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2015Q1 2015 Q2 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2015 Q2 (p)*
Total 6.5 6.6 0.1 0.3 1 705
Included : slack work 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.0 70
Men 3.5 3.6 0.1 0.2 475
Women 9.6 9.9 0.3 0.5 1 230
  • *(p) = provisional results
  • Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, persons aged 15 years or more
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Revision

The ILO unemployment rate of Q1 2015 is not revised compared to the temporary publication of 4 June 2015.