The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 point in Q4 2014ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 4th Quarter 2014

In Q4 2014, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.4%, after 10.3% in Q3 2014. It returned back to its Q2 2013 level. In metropolitan France only, the number of unemployed has risen by 36,000; with 2.9 million people, 10.0% of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q in metropolitan France. Over a year, it increased by 0.4 percentage points.

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No 52
Paru le : 05/03/2015
Prochaine parution le : 15/02/2018 at 07:30 - fourth quarter 2017

Increase in unemployment in Q4 2014

In Q4 2014, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.4%, after 10.3% in Q3 2014. It returned back to its Q2 2013 level. In metropolitan France only, the number of unemployed has risen by 36,000; with 2.9 million people, 10.0% of the active population was unemployed. The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q in metropolitan France. Over a year, it increased by 0.4 percentage points.

graph_cho_nvIR – ILO-unemployment rate

  • Estimation close to +/-0.3 point 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

Among inactive people, 1.4 million wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed: they are part of the halo around unemployment. The number of people in this unemployment halo rose by 20,000 in Q4 2014, and by 78,000 over the 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
2014Q3 2014 Q4 (p)* over quarter over year 2014 Q4 (p)*
Total 9.9 10.0 0.1 0.4 2,877
15-24 years 23.7 23.7 0.0 1.0 630
25-49 years 9.3 9.5 0.2 0.4 1,697
50 years and more 6.8 6.8 0.0 0.4 549
Men 10.1 10.4 0.3 0.8 1,542
15-24 years 24.5 25.3 0.8 2.9 367
25-49 years 9.4 9.4 0.0 0.3 879
50 years and more 6.7 7.2 0.5 0.9 297
Women 9.7 9.7 0.0 0.0 1,334
15-24 years 22.8 21.8 -1.0 -1.3 263
25-49 years 9.2 9.5 0.3 0.3 819
50 years and more 6.8 6.4 -0.4 -0.1 252
  • *(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

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)
2014Q3 2014Q4 (p)* quarter year 2014Q4 (p)*
Employed people 64.1 64.2 0.1 0.0 25 501
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59.4 59.6 0.2 0.0 23,657
Men 67.5 67.5 0.0 -0.2 13,185
Women 60.7 61.0 0.3 0.3 12,316
15-24 years 27.8 27.8 0.0 -0.7 2,025
25-49 years 80.3 80.3 0.0 -0.5 16,247
50-64 years 58.8 59.2 0.4 1.4 7,228
Included: 55-64 years 47.1 47.9 0.8 2.2 3,812
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 46.8 47.5 0.7 2.0
Unemployed persons 7.1 7.2 0.1 0.3 2,863
Men 7.7 7.9 0.2 0.6 1,537
Women 6.6 6.6 0.0 0.1 1,326
15-24 years 8.6 8.7 0.1 0.3 630
25-49 years 8.3 8.4 0.1 0.3 1,697
50-64 years 4.4 4.4 0.0 0.4 536
Included: 55-64 years 3.7 3.8 0.1 0.3 300
Active people 71.2 71.4 0.2 0.3 28,365
Men 75.2 75.4 0.2 0.4 14,722
Women 67.3 67.6 0.3 0.3 13,643
15-24 years 36.4 36.5 0.1 -0.4 2,656
25-49 years 88.6 88.7 0.1 -0.2 17,945
50-64 years 63.2 63.6 0.4 1.7 7,764
Included: 55-64 years 50.8 51.7 0.9 2.5 4,112
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 5.1 5.1 0.0 0.2
  • *(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 sligthly different of the data in the previous table (which covers the total population).
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

graph_halo_IR – People in unemployment 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 and the activity rate increased slightly

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.2% in Q4 2014. It increased by 0.1 percentage points quarter-on-quarter, and remained stable year-on-year.

Permanent contracts employment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points in Q4 2014, at 49.1% of the population aged 15-64. Temporary contracts employment rate held steady, at 6.8%.The activity rate of people aged 15-64 stood at 71.4% in Q4 2014, increasing by 0.2 percentage points q-o-q, and by 0.3 percentage points y-o-y.

Underemployment concerns 6.5% of employed people

In Q4 2014, 6.5% of the employed persons were underemployed, increasing by 0.1 percentage points over the quarter. Slack work stood at 0.4% of the employed.

Tab_ssemp_nvIR – ILO underemployment

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
ILO underemployment
ILO underemployment rate (%) Variation in point Thousands
2014Q3 2014Q4 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2014Q4 (p)*
Total 6.4 6.5 0.1 0.2 1,685
Included: slack work 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.1 92
Men 3.7 3.8 0.1 0.6 501
Women 9.4 9.5 0.1 -0.2 1,184
  • *(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 2014 in metropolitan France remains unchanged, compared to the temporary publication of December 2014. It is revised down by 0.1 percentage points in France and overseas departments.