Stability in the unemployment rate in Q3 2010ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 3rd Quarter 2010

In Q3 2010, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 9.7% of the active population.

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No 296
Paru le : 02/12/2010
Prochaine parution le : 16/11/2017 at 07:30 - third quarter 2017

The unemployment rate

The unemployment rate is stable in Q3 2010

In Q3 2010, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 9.7% of the active population.

In metropolitan France only, 9.3% of the active population was unemployed, i.e. 2.6 million people. It is stable compared to Q2 2010.

More generally, in metropolitan France, 3.4 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).

graph_cho_nvIR – ILO-unemployment rate

  • Estimation close to +/-0.4 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

tab_cho_nvIR – Ilo-unemployment rate in metropolitan France

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter - Metropolitan France
Ilo-unemployment rate in metropolitan France
ILO-unemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2010Q2 2010Q3 (p)* over quarter over year 2010Q3 (p)*
Total 9,3 9,3 0,0 0,1 2 631
15-24 years 23,3 24,2 0,9 0,5 637
25-49 years 8,4 8,3 –0,1 0,1 1 511
50 years and more 6,2 6,4 0,2 0,2 482
Men 9,1 8,9 –0,2 0,1 1 316
15-24 years 22,4 22,8 0,4 –1,2 330
25-49 years 8,2 7,9 –0,3 0,3 747
50 years and more 6,1 6,2 0,1 0,0 239
Women 9,5 9,7 0,2 0,2 1 314
15-24 years 24,5 25,8 1,3 2,4 307
25-49 years 8,7 8,8 0,1 –0,1 765
50 years and more 6,3 6,7 0,4 0,5 243
  • *(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 employment and activity

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years was stable at 63.8% in Q3 2010. This stability the results from a decline in the permanent contract and stability in the temporary contract: the proportion of temporary contract in the population aged 15 64 years increased at 6.6%, while the proportion of permanent contract in the same age group decreased at 48.8%.

graph_partpop_nvIR – Permanent and temporary contract employment rate (15-64 years)

  • Covers the population of people living in households, people aged 15-64 years
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

The full time equivalent employment rate is inferior by 4 points to the employment rate: it stood at 59.4% on average in Q3 2010.

The activity rate of the 15-64 years was 70.3%.

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

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter - Metropolitan France
ILO employment, unemployment and activity in the population aged 15-64 years
% of people in the age group Variation in point Thousands (1)
2010Q2 2010 Q3 (p)* Over quarter Over year 2010 Q3 (p)*
Employed people (15-64 years) 63,7 63,8 0,1 0,0 25 589
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59,3 59,4 0,1 –0,1 23 800
Men aged 15-64 67,8 68,0 0,2 0,1 13 416
Women aged 15-64 59,8 59,8 0,0 0,0 12 173
15-24 years 27,8 26,8 –1,0 –0,5 1 998
25-49 years 81,7 81,9 0,2 –0,1 16 727
50-64 years 55,5 56,3 0,8 0,9 6 864
Included : 55-64 years 42,0 42,9 0,9 1,0 3 446
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 41,6 42,8 1,2 1,9
Unemployed persons (15-64 years) 6,5 6,5 0,0 0,1 2 620
Men aged 15-64 6,8 6,6 –0,2 0,0 1 312
Women aged 15-64 6,3 6,4 0,1 0,1 1 308
15-24 years 8,5 8,5 0,0 0,0 637
25-49 years 7,5 7,4 –0,1 0,1 1 511
50-64 years 3,7 3,9 0,2 0,3 472
Included : 55-64 years 3,0 3,3 0,3 0,5 262
Active people (15-64 years) 70,3 70,3 0,0 0,0 28 209
Men aged 15-64 74,6 74,6 0,0 0,1 14 727
Women aged 15-64 66,0 66,2 0,2 0,1 13 482
15-24 years 36,2 35,3 –0,9 –0,6 2 635
25-49 years 89,3 89,3 0,0 –0,1 18 239
50-64 years 59,2 60,1 0,9 1,0 7 336
Included : 55-64 years 45,0 46,2 1,2 1,5 3 709
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 4,5 4,5 0,0 0,1
  • *(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 table 1 (which covers the total population).
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Underemployment decreased in Q3 2010

On Q3 2010, 5.6% of the persons employed are underemployed. The decrease, –0.1 point, is due to the decline of the slack work, which goes from 0.5% of the employed down to 0.4% in the second quarter, similar to the rates before 2008. The unwanted part-time was stable at 5.2% of the employed (see additional indicators on the internet).

Tab_ssemp_nvIR – ILO underemployment

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter - Metropolitan France
ILO underemployment
ILO underemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2010Q2 2010Q3 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2010Q3 (p)*
Total 5,7 5,6 –0,1 –0,1 1 438
Included : slack work 0,5 0,4 –0,1 –0,4 92
Women 8,8 8,5 –0,3 0,1 1 034
Men 2,9 3,0 0,1 0,1 404
  • *(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

Revision

The ILO unemployment rate of Q2 2010 is not revised compared to the temporary publication of September 2010.

A more precise estimate

In order to improve the precision of the data on the labor market, INSEE gradually increased the size of the sample of the Labour Force Survey since the first quarter of 2009. The operation ended with the publication of Q2 2010 results; the size of the sample has been increased by 50%. Consequently, the estimate of the quarterly unemployment rate is more precise (+/–0.3 point against +/– 0.4 point before the increase of the sample). The estimate of the variation is also more precise, but within the limits of the rounding (+/–0,3 point).