Unemployment rate increases by 0.1 point in Q3 2013ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 3rd quarter 2013

In Q3 2013, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.9%, after neutralization of the effects of the updated questionnaire.

Informations rapides
No 280
Paru le : 05/12/2013
Prochaine parution le : 16/11/2017 at 07:30 - third quarter 2017

Warning: Since the first quarter of 2013, the questionnaire of the Labour Force Survey is an updated one. Some questions were renewed, mainly in the objective to make the interviews more fluent thanks to a better wording of the questions. In addition, interviewers of Insee are working under new employment contracts since January 1 st 2013, which led to temporary difficulties in the organisation of the network of interviewers and a decrease in the response rate.

The assessment of the data shows that the new questionnaire has changed the way some interviewees answer to certain questions. This has impacts on the estimates of levels.

As the previous publication, this Informations Rapides is focused on the estimates of 2013 once the updating of the questionnaire is neutralized. Thus the estimates are directly comparable to the estimates of the fourth quarter of 2012 and to the usual longitudinal data, and can be directly used to analyse the recent developments of the indicators of the labour market. The impacts of the updated questionnaire are detailed in the document “ C ompléments méthodologique s ” in the part “For further information” of the previous publication (document in French).

For the release of the last quarter estimates, in March 2014, estimates will be published integrating the impact of the new questionnaire. Longitudinal series will be revised and made available at the same time.

Unemployment rate

The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point in Q3 2013 in metropolitan France, after being steady in Q2 2013

graph_cho_nvIR – ILO-unemployment rate

  • Estimation close to +/-0.3 point of the of the level of unemployment rate and of its quaterly variations
  • F.m.: Metropolitan France, France: F.m. + overseas department
  • Covers the population of people living in households, people aged 15 years or more
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

In Q3 2013, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.9%, after neutralization of the effects of the updated questionnaire. In metropolitan France only, 10.5% of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q. Over a year, it increased by 0.6 point.

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
2013Q2 (p)* 2013Q3 (p)* over quarter over year 2013Q3 (p)*
Total 10.4 10.5 0.1 0.6 3 011
15-24 years 24.5 24.5 0.0 0.0 664
25-49 years 9.5 9.5 0.0 0.5 1 717
50 years and more 7.5 8.0 0.5 1.1 630
Men 10.3 10.5 0.2 0.7 1 566
15-24 years 23.3 23.2 –0.1 –1.3 339
25-49 years 9.4 9.5 0.1 0.9 893
50 years and more 7.7 8.2 0.5 1.3 334
Women 10.4 10.5 0.1 0.5 1 445
15-24 years 26.0 26.0 0.0 1.5 325
25-49 years 9.6 9.5 –0.1 0.2 824
50 years and more 7.2 7.8 0.6 0.9 296
  • *(p) = provisional results, effects of the updating of the questionnaire neutralized
  • Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or more
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey, effects of the updating of the questionnaire neutralized

Revision

The ILO unemployment rate of Q2 2013 downgraded by 0.1 point with regard to the temporary publication of September 2013.

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)
2013Q2 (p)* 2013Q3 (p)* Over quarter Over year 2013Q3 (p)*
Employed people (15-64 years) 63.9 63.9 0.0 0.0 25 472
Men aged 15-64 67.7 67.6 –0.1 –0.4 13 246
Women aged 15-64 60.1 60.3 0.2 0.4 12 226
15-24 years 28.2 27.8 –0.4 –0.3 2 048
25-49 years 80.6 80.7 0.1 –0.2 16 413
50-64 years 57.4 57.6 0.2 0.5 7 011
Unemployed persons (15-64 years) 7.5 7.5 0.0 0.4 2 995
Men aged 15-64 7.9 7.9 0.0 0.5 1 551
Women aged 15-64 7.1 7.1 0.0 0.4 1 445
15-24 years 9.2 9.0 –0.2 –0.1 664
25-49 years 8.5 8.4 –0.1 0.4 1 717
50-64 years 4.8 5.0 0.2 0.6 614
Active people (15-64 years) 71.3 71.4 0.1 0.5 28 467
Men aged 15-64 75.6 75.5 –0.1 0.1 14 797
Women aged 15-64 67.2 67.5 0.3 0.9 13 671
15-24 years 37.4 36.9 –0.5 –0.3 2 712
25-49 years 89.1 89.2 0.1 0.4 18 130
50-64 years 62.2 62.7 0.5 1.3 7 626
  • *(p) = provisional results, effects of the updating of the questionnaire neutralized
  • 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 the first table (which covers the total population).
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

ILO employment and activity

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years was steady in Q3 2013 and over the year, and stood at 63.9%. The employment rate of people aged 50-64 years increased by 0.2 point in Q3 2013; for people aged 25-49 years, the increase was by 0.1 point. The employment rate of people aged 15-24 years decreased by 0.4 point.

The activity rate of the population aged 15-64 years increased by 0.1 percentage point and stood at 71.4%. Over the year, it increased by 0.5 percentage point. A part of this increase is due to people aged 50-64 years, whose activity rate increased by 1.3 percentage point over the year.

Updated questionnaire and first results for 2013

For this publication, the effects of the new questionnaire were neutralized to be comparable with the previous results already published. According to the new Labour Force survey, the unemployment rate stood at 10.2% of the active population in Q3 2013, after 10.1% in Q2 2013.

For the release of the last quarter estimates, new longitudinal series will be published in March 2014.

tab_nvcho_nvIR – Estimated effets of the new questionnaire over unemployment, employment and activity

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter - Metropolitan France
Estimated effets of the new questionnaire over unemployment, employment and activity
2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
ILO-Unemployment rate
Previous questionnaire, rebuilt series for 2013 10.1 10.4 10.4 10.5
Effects of new questionnaire –0.3
New questionnaire - 10.1 10.1 10.2
Employment rate - employed people 15 - 64 years
Previous questionnaire, rebuilt series for 2013 64.0 63.8 63.9 63.9
Effects of new questionnaire 0.1
New questionnaire - 63.9 64 64
Activity rate - employed people 15 - 64 years
Previous questionnaire, rebuilt series for 2013 71.3 71.3 71.3 71.4
Effects of new questionnaire –0.2
New questionnaire - 71.1 71.1 71.2
  • Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or more
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey