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In Q1 2018, private payroll employment slowed down slightly (flash estimate)Flash estimate of payroll employment - first quarter 2018

In Q1 2018, private payroll employment slowed down slightly: +0.3%, that is +57,900 jobs after +0.4% in Q4 2017 (that is +81,500 jobs). Year on year, private payroll employment increased by +1.4% (that is +270,200 jobs). Excluding temporary employment, it increased over the quarter by +0.3% (that is +55,400 jobs) and by +1.2% over the year (+213,400 jobs).

Private payroll employment slowed down in construction while remaining dynamic (+0.6%, +7,900 jobs, after +1.0 % jobs) and fell back softly in industry (−0.1%, −4,200 jobs, after +0.2%). Year on year, private employment increased by 29,600 in construction, whereas it stabilized in industry.

In Q1 2018, in market services, private employment increased strongly again: +0.5% (that is +55,300 jobs), as in Q4 2017, bringing its rise to 230,200 over a year. Excluding temporary employment, it accelerated slightly: +0.5%, after +0.4%. Private employment in non-market services decreased softly over the quarter (−0.1% after +0.1%) but still increased over a year (+0.3%, that is +7,200 jobs).

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Paru le : 15/05/2018
Prochaine parution le : 13/11/2018 at 08:45 - third quarter 2018

In Q1 2018, private payroll employment slowed down slightly: +0.3%, that is +57,900 jobs after +0.4% in Q4 2017 (that is +81,500 jobs). Year on year, private payroll employment increased by +1.4% (that is +270,200 jobs). Excluding temporary employment, it increased over the quarter by +0.3% (that is +55,400 jobs) and by +1.2% over the year (+213,400 jobs).

Private payroll employment slowed down in construction while remaining dynamic (+0.6%, +7,900 jobs, after +1.0 % jobs) and fell back softly in industry (−0.1%, −4,200 jobs, after +0.2%). Year on year, private employment increased by 29,600 in construction, whereas it stabilized in industry.

In Q1 2018, in market services, private employment increased strongly again: +0.5% (that is +55,300 jobs), as in Q4 2017, bringing its rise to 230,200 over a year. Excluding temporary employment, it accelerated slightly: +0.5%, after +0.4%. Private employment in non-market services decreased softly over the quarter (−0.1% after +0.1%) but still increased over a year (+0.3%, that is +7,200 jobs).

Temporary employment slowed down lightly

In Q1 2018, the increase in temporary employment was moderate, compared to the previous quarter : +0.3% after +2.0% (that is +2,600 jobs, after +14,700). Year on year, temporary employment continued to rise strongly (+8.2%, +56,800 jobs).

Table1 – Private payroll employment change

SA data in thousands
Private payroll employment change
Change in thousands Level
In 3 months In 1 year
2017 2018 2018 2018
Q4 Q1 Q1 Q1
Agriculture 1,0 2,0 3.2 298.4
Goods-producing industries excl. Construction 6.4 -4.2 0,0 3,091
Construction 13.2 7.9 29.6 1,363.2
Market services 59.1 55.3 230.2 12,078.5
of which: Temporary employment (*) 14.7 2.6 56.8 745.9
Non-market services 1.7 –3,0 7.2 2,508.6
Total Private 81.5 57.9 270.2 19,339.7
  • How to read it: In Q1 2018, net private job creation in market services amounted to 55.200 jobs from the previous quarter.

Table2 – Payroll employment change in the non-farm market sectors

SA data in %
Payroll employment change in the non-farm market sectors
Change in percentage points
In 3 months In 1 year
2017 2018 2018
Q4 Q1 Q1
Agriculture 0.3 0.7 1.1
Goods-producing industries excl. Construction 0.2 -0.1 0,0
Construction 1,0 0.6 2.2
Market services 0.5 0.5 1.9
of which: Temporary employment (*) 2,0 0.3 8.2
Non-market services 0.1 -0.1 0.3
Total Private 0.4 0.3 1.4
  • (*) Temporary workers are recorded in services, regardless of the sector in which they carry out their mission effectively.
  • Scope: private payroll employment; France, excluding Mayotte.
  • Sources: INSEE and DARES