Insee conjoncture
8 février 2019
N° 2019-33

In Q4 2018, private payroll employment increased slightly again (flash estimate)Flash estimate of payroll employment - fourth quarter 2018

In Q4 2018, private payroll employment increased slightly: +0.1%, at the same pace than in the previous quarter, that is +16,200 jobs after +23,000 jobs in Q3 2018. Year on year, private payroll employment slowed down : +0.5% (that is +106,100 jobs) after +1,0% in Q3 2018.

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No 33
Paru le : 08/02/2019
Prochaine parution le : 10/05/2019 at 08:45 - first quarter 2019

Excluding temporary work, employment increased by 0.2%, as in the previous quarter

In Q4 2018, private payroll employment increased slightly: +0.1%, at the same pace than in the previous quarter, that is +16,200 jobs after +23,000 jobs in Q3 2018. Year on year, private payroll employment slowed down : +0.5% (that is +106,100 jobs) after +1,0% in Q3 2018. Excluding temporary employment, it increased by +0.2% over the quarter (that is +28,200 jobs) and by +0.7% over the year (that is +135,100 jobs).

Private payroll employment slowed down a little in construction (+0.2%, +2,700 jobs, after +0.4 % jobs) and fell slightly back in industry (−0.1%, −2,400 jobs, after 0.0%). Year on year, private employment increased by 19,000 in construction, whereas it declined in industry (that is −3,300 jobs).

In Q4 2018, in market services, private employment increased moderately again: +0.1% (that is +13,000 jobs), as in Q3 2018, bringing its rise to 82,200 over a year. Excluding temporary employment, its increase was slightly higher: +0.2%, (that is +25,000 jobs), as in the previous quarter. Private employment in non-market services increased softly again over the quarter (+0.1% after 0.0%) ; it was almost stable over a year (+0.1%).

Temporary employment slowed down again

In Q4 2018, the decline in temporary employment continued : −1.5% after −1.1% (that is −12,000 jobs, after −9,200). Year on year, temporary employment went down sharply (−3.6%, −29,000 jobs).

Figure1Private payroll employment change

SA data in thousands
Private payroll employment change (SA data in thousands)
Change in thousands in 3 months Change in thousands in 1 year Level
2018 2018 2018 2018
Q3 Q4 Q4 Q4
Agriculture 1.7 0.9 5.8 302.1
Goods-producing industries excl. Construction -1.0 -2.4 -3.3 3, 087.5
Construction 5.4 2.7 19.0 1, 371.2
Market services 15.8 13.0 82.2 12, 141.0
of which: Temporary employment (*) -9.2 -12.0 -29.0 781.9
Non-market services 1.1 2.0 2.3 2, 502.1
Total Private 23.0 16.2 106.1 19, 403.9
  • How to read it: In Q4 2018, net private job creation in market services amounted to 13.000 jobs from the previous quarter.
  • (*) 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

Figure2Payroll employment change in the non-farm market sectors

SA data in %
Payroll employment change in the non-farm market sectors (SA data in %)
Change in percentage points Change in thousands in 1 year
2018 2018 2018
Q3 Q4 Q4
Agriculture 0.6 0.3 2.0
Goods-producing industries excl. Construction 0.0 -0.1 -0.1
Construction 0.4 0.2 1.4
Market services 0.1 0.1 0.7
of which: Temporary employment (*) -1.1 -1.5 -3.6
Non-market services 0.0 0.1 0.1
Total Private 0.1 0.1 0.5
  • (*) 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


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