The unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 points in Q4 2015ILO Unemployment and Labour Market-related indicators (Labour Force Survey results) - 4th quarter 2015

In Q4 2015, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.3% of active population. In metropolitan France only, the number of unemployed decreased by 47,000 to 2.9 million people unemployed; thus, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q, returning to its S1 2015 level (10.0%). It decreased across all age groups. Over a year, the unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points.

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No 60
Paru le : 03/03/2016
Prochaine parution le : 16/11/2017 at 07:30 - third quarter 2017

The unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 points compared to Q3 2015

In Q4 2015, the average ILO unemployment rate in metropolitan France and overseas departments stood at 10.3% of active population. In metropolitan France only, the number of unemployed decreased by 47,000 to 2.9 million people unemployed; thus, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points q-o-q, returning to its S1 2015 level (10.0%). It decreased across all age groups. Over a year, the unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points.

graph_cho_nvIR – ILO-unemployment rate

  • Estimation within +/−0.3 points of the level of unemployment rate and of its quarterly variations
  • Scope: population of people living in households, people aged 15 years orover.
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

The unemployment halo rose slightly compared to previous quarter

In metropolitan France, among inactive people, 1.4 million persons wish to work but they are not considered as unemployed according to the ILO definition: they are part of the halo around unemployment. In Q4 2015, the number of people in this unemployment halo rose slightly q-o-q (+23,000) and was virtually stable over the year (+6,000).

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 points Thou-sands
2015Q3 2015 Q4 (p)* over quarter over year 2015 Q4 (p)*
Total 10.1 10.0 −0.1 −0.1 2 860
15-24 years 24.3 24.0 −0.3 0.0 646
25-49 years 9.4 9.3 −0.1 −0.2 1 651
50 years and more 7.0 6.9 −0.1 0.0 563
Men 10.6 10.5 −0.1 0.0 1 565
15-24 years 25.4 25.6 0.2 0.1 377
25-49 years 9.6 9.5 −0.1 −0.1 878
50 years and more 7.7 7.4 −0.3 0.0 310
Women 9.6 9.4 −0.2 −0.3 1 295
15-24 years 23.0 22.0 −1.0 −0.2 269
25-49 years 9.2 9.0 −0.2 −0.5 772
50 years and more 6.3 6.3 0.0 −0.1 254
  • *(p) = provisional results
  • Scope: population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or over.
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

graph_halo_IR – People in unemployment's halo

  • Scope: population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or over.
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

The employment rate remained stable and the activity rate decreased slightly

The employment rate of the population aged 15-64 years stood at 64.3% in Q3 2015, as in the previous quarter and in Q4 2014.

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 Thou-sands (1)
2015 Q3 2015 Q4 (p)* Quar-ter year 2015 Q4 (p)*
Employed people 64.3 64.3 0.0 0.0 25 519
Full-time equivalent employment rate 59.5 59.5 0.0 0.1 23 617
Men 67.5 67.5 0.0 −0.2 13 156
Women 61.3 61.3 0.0 0.2 12 363
15-24 years 28.1 28.3 0.2 0.0 2 047
25-49 years 80.0 80.0 0.0 −0.2 16 139
50-64 years 59.9 59.8 −0.1 0.5 7 334
Included : 55-64 years 49.0 48.9 −0.1 1.0 3 896
Core employment rate of 55-64 years 48.2 48.3 0.1 0.7
Unemployed persons 7.3 7.2 −0.1 −0.1 2 855
Men 8.1 8.0 −0.1 0.0 1 562
Women 6.5 6.4 −0.1 −0.2 1 293
15-24 years 9.0 8.9 −0.1 0.0 646
25-49 years 8.3 8.2 −0.1 −0.2 1 651
50-64 years 4.6 4.6 0.0 0.1 558
Included : 55-64 years 3.9 3.8 −0.1 0.0 306
Active people 71.7 71.5 −0.2 −0.1 28 374
Men 75.6 75.5 −0.1 −0.2 14 718
Women 67.8 67.7 −0.1 0.0 13 656
15-24 years 37.1 37.2 0.1 0.0 2 693
25-49 years 88.4 88.2 −0.2 −0.4 17 789
50-64 years 64.5 64.4 −0.1 0.6 7 892
Included : 55-64 years 52.8 52.8 0.0 1.1 4 203
Active life expectancy of 55-64 years (years) 5.2 5.2 0.0 0.1
  • *(p) = provisional results
  • (1) these data cover people aged 15 to 64. They differ slightly from the data in the previous table (which covers the population aged 15 or over).
  • Scope: population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 to 64.
  • Source: INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Permanent employment rate for people aged 15-64 remained at 48.6% in Q4 2015. It decreased by 0.5 percentage points year-on-year. Fixed-term and temporary employment rate stood at 7.4%, as in Q3 2015. It increased by 0.5 percentage points year-on-year.

The activity rate of people aged 15-64 stood at 71.5% in Q4 2015. It decreased by 0.2 percentage points quarter-on-quarter and by 0.1 percentage points year-on-year.

Underemployment decreased slightly

In Q4 2015, 6.6% of the employed persons were underemployed, decreasing 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 0.2% of the employed.

Tab_ssemp_nvIR – ILO underemployment

Seasonally adjusted, average over quarter
ILO underemployment
ILO underemploy-ment rate (%) Variation in points Thou-sands
2015 Q3 2015 Q4 (p)* Over a quarter Over a year 2015 Q4 (p)*
Total 6.7 6.6 −0.1 0.0 1 696
Included : slack work 0.4 0.2 −0.2 −0.2 64
Men 3.8 3.7 −0.1 0.0 496
Women 9.7 9.6 −0.1 0.0 1 201
  • *(p) = provisional results
  • Covers the population of people living in households in metropolitan France, people aged 15 years or over.
  • Source : INSEE, Labour Force Survey

Revision

The ILO unemployment rate of Q3 2015 in metropolitan France is revised downwards by 0.1 percentage points, to 10.1% of active population, compared to the provisional result published on 3 December 2015. It is revised downwards by 0.2 percentage points in France including overseas departments, to 10.4% of active population.