Increase in the unemployment rate in Q3 2015ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 3rd Quarter 2015

In Q3 2015, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.6% of active population. In metropolitan France only, the number of unemployed has risen by 75,000 to 2.9 million people unemployed ; thus, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points q-o-q, standing at 10.2% of the active population. It increased across all age groups, but more particularly youth. Over a year, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points.

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No 298
Paru le : 03/12/2015
Prochaine parution le : 15/02/2018 at 07:30 - fourth quarter 2017

The unemployment rate increased by 0.2 point over Q2 2015

In Q3 2015, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.6% of active population. In metropolitan France only, the number of unemployed has risen by 75,000 to 2.9 million people unemployed ; thus, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points q-o-q, standing at 10.2% of the active population. It increased across all age groups, but more particularly youth. Over a year, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 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, people aged 15 years or more
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Decline in the unemployment halo compared to previous quarter

In metropolitan France, among inactive people, 1.4 million wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed according to the ILO definition: they are part of the halo around unemployment. In Q3 2015, the number of people in this unemployment halo decreased sharply q-o-q (–64,000).

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
2015Q2 2015Q3 (p)* over quarter over year 2015Q2 (p)*
Total 10.0 10.2 0.2 0.2 2 941
15-24 years 23.6 24.6 1.0 0.8 659
25-49 years 9.3 9.5 0.2 0.1 1 694
50 years and more 7.0 7.2 0.2 0.5 588
Men 10.5 10.8 0.3 0.6 1 606
15-24 years 23.7 25.6 1.9 0.9 370
25-49 years 9.7 9.7 0.0 0.3 899
50 years and more 7.6 8.0 0.4 1.3 336
Women 9.4 9.7 0.3 –0.1 1 335
15-24 years 23.4 23.4 0.0 0.6 289
25-49 years 8.9 9.3 0.4 0.0 795
50 years and more 6.4 6.3 –0.1 –0.5 252
  • *(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

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

The employment rate remained steady and the activity rate increased slightly

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.2% in Q3 2015, as in the previous quarter and in Q3 2015.

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 Thous-ands (1)
2015Q2 2015Q3 (p)* quarter year 2015Q3 (p)*
Employed people 64.2 64.2 0.0 0.0 25 497
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59.4 59.5 0.1 0.2 23 598
Men 67.5 67.4 –0.1 –0.3 13 148
Women 61.1 61.2 0.1 0.4 12 348
15-24 years 28.3 28.0 –0.3 –0.2 2 023
25-49 years 79.9 79.9 0.0 –0.3 16 149
50-64 years 59.7 59.8 0.1 1.0 7 324
Included : 55-64 years 48.8 48.9 0.1 1.7 3 896
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 48.3 48.3 0.0 1.5
Unemployed persons 7.2 7.4 0.2 0.2 2 935
Men 8.0 8.2 0.2 0.4 1 602
Women 6.4 6.6 0.2 –0.1 1 332
15-24 years 8.7 9.1 0.4 0.3 659
25-49 years 8.2 8.4 0.2 0.1 1 694
50-64 years 4.6 4.7 0.1 0.3 582
Included : 55-64 years 4.0 4.0 0.0 0.3 316
Active people 71.5 71.6 0.1 0.2 28 431
Men 75.5 75.6 0.1 0.2 14 750
Women 67.5 67.8 0.3 0.4 13 681
15-24 years 37.0 37.1 0.1 0.0 2 683
25-49 years 88.1 88.3 0.2 –0.2 17 843
50-64 years 64.3 64.5 0.2 1.3 7 906
Included : 55-64 years 52.8 52.9 0.1 2.0 4 211
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 5.2 5.2 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 slightly different of the data in the previous table (which covers the total population).
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Permanent contracts employment rate remained at 48.6% in Q3 2015. It decreased by 0.3 percentage points year-on-year. Temporary contracts employment rate stood at 7.4%. It increased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q, and by 0.6 percentage points y-o-y.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 stood at 71.6% in Q3 2015. It increased by 0.1 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and by 0.2 percentage points year-on-year.

Underemployment increased slightly again

In Q3 2015, 6.7% 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.

Tab_ssemp_nvIR – ILO underemployment

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
ILO underemployment
ILO underemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2015Q2 2015Q3 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2015Q3 (p)*
Total 6.6 6.7 0.1 0.3 1 720
Included : slack work 0.3 0.3 0.0 –0.1 87
Men 3.6 3.8 0.2 0.2 505
Women 9.8 9.8 0.0 0.4 1 214
  • *(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 2015 in metropolitan France remains unchanged, compared to the provisional result published in September 2015. It is revised upwards by 0.1 percentage points in France including overseas departments.