Unemployment rate increases in Q4 2012ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 4th Quarter 2012

In Q4 2012, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.6% of the active population.

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Unemployment rate

The unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points in Q4 2012 in metropolitan France

In Q4 2012, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.6% of the active population.

In metropolitan France only, with 2.9 million unemployed people, 10.2% of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points q-o-q. Over a year, it increased by 0.8 point, and by 3.4 percentage points for people aged 15-24 years.

More generally, in metropolitan France, 3.7 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 +/-0.3 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
2012Q3 2012Q4 (p)* over quarter over year 2012Q4 (p)*
Total 9.9 10.2 0.3 0.8 2 944
15-24 years 24.1 25.7 1.6 3.4 730
25-49 years 9.0 9.1 0.1 0.5 1 653
50 years and more 6.8 7.2 0.4 0.8 560
Men 9.7 10.2 0.5 1.0 1 532
15-24 years 24.0 25.6 1.6 3.6 398
25-49 years 8.6 8.8 0.2 0.5 834
50 years and more 6.8 7.4 0.6 1.1 300
Women 10.0 10.3 0.3 0.7 1 412
15-24 years 24.2 25.8 1.6 3.2 332
25-49 years 9.3 9.4 0.1 0.4 819
50 years and more 6.9 6.9 0.0 0.3 260
  • *(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 increased by 0.2 percentage points in Q4 2012 and stood at 64.1%. This rebound comes from people aged 50-64 years: their employment rate was up by 0.5 point q-o-q (+2.1 percentage points y-o-y).

GraphT4_nvIR – Employment rate by age group

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

The employment rate of people aged 25-49 years had decreased over the year (-0.4 percentage points), and stabilizes in Q4 2012 (+0.1 percentage points); as well as for people ages 15-24 years (-0.9 percentage points y-o-y).

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)
2012Q3 2012Q4 (p)* Over quarter Over year 2012Q4 (p)*
Employed people (15-64 years) 63.9 64.1 0.2 0.2 25 632
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59.5 59.7 0.2 0.3 23 876
Men aged 15-64 68.1 68.1 0.0 0.2 13 395
Women aged 15-64 59.9 60.2 0.3 0.3 12 237
15-24 years 28.5 28.5 0.0 –0.9 2 115
25-49 years 80.8 80.9 0.1 –0.4 16 491
50-64 years 57.2 57.7 0.5 2.1 7 026
Included : 55-64 years 44.8 45.8 1.0 3.0 3 658
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 44.6 45.8 1.2 3.0
Unemployed persons (15-64 years) 7.0 7.4 0.4 0.7 2 942
Men aged 15-64 7.4 7.8 0.4 0.9 1 531
Women aged 15-64 6.7 6.9 0.2 0.5 1 411
15-24 years 9.0 9.9 0.9 1.5 730
25-49 years 8.0 8.1 0.1 0.4 1 653
50-64 years 4.3 4.6 0.3 0.7 558
Included : 55-64 years 3.4 3.7 0.3 0.7 295
Active people (15-64 years) 71.0 71.5 0.5 1.0 28 574
Men aged 15-64 75.5 75.9 0.4 1.1 14 926
Women aged 15-64 66.6 67.2 0.6 0.8 13 648
15-24 years 37.5 38.4 0.9 0.6 2 846
25-49 years 88.8 89.0 0.2 0.0 18 144
50-64 years 61.5 62.2 0.7 2.6 7 585
Included : 55-64 years 48.3 49.5 1.2 3.7 3 954
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 4.8 4.9 0.1 0.3
  • *(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 from the data in table 1 (which covers the total population).
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Permanent contracts decreased by 0.1 percentage points in Q4 2012, at 49.0% of the population aged 15-64, whereas temporary contracts increased by 0.1 percentage points and stood at 6.7%.

The full time equivalent employment rate was lower by 4 percentage points than the employment rate: it stood at 59.7% on average in Q4 2012.

The activity rate of the 15-64 years increased by 0.5 percentage points, at 71.5%.

Underemployment concerns 5.3% of employed people

In Q4 2012, 5.3% of the persons employed were underemployed, rising by 0.1 percentage points. Slack work stood at 0.4%.

The unwanted part-time picked up by 0.2 percentage points and stood at 4.9% 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
2012Q3 2012Q4 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2012Q4 (p)*
Total 5.2 5.3 0.1 0.1 1 375
Included : slack work 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.2 96
Women 7.9 7.9 0.0 –0.2 979
Men 2.7 2.9 0.2 0.3 396
  • *(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 Q3 2012 is not revised compared to the temporary publication of December 2012.