The unemployment rate in France edged up to 8.1 percent in the first quarter of 2021, from 8.0 percent in the previous period and in line with market expectations, as the number of unemployed people increased by 18,000 to 2.4 million. The jobless rate was little-changed as a result of both the stability of the employment rate and a persistent withdrawal behavior from the labor market, due to the pandemic crisis and the ongoing coronavirus-induced restrictions. In Q1 2021, the unemployment rate increased for people aged 15-24 (+1.2 points), was almost stable for those aged 25-49 (+0.1 points) and decreased for those aged 50 or more (-0.3 points). Meantime, the employment rate was flat at 66.5 percent, while the activity rate stood at 72.4 percent. source: INSEE, France

Unemployment Rate in France averaged 8.41 percent from 1975 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 10.70 percent in the first quarter of 1994 and a record low of 3.20 percent in the first quarter of 1975. This page provides the latest reported value for - France Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. France Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in France is expected to be 8.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in France to stand at 8.90 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the France Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 8.50 percent in 2022 and 8.00 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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France Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
8.10 8.00 10.70 3.20 1975 - 2021 percent Quarterly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-13 05:30 AM Q2 7.1% 7.8% 8.3% 8.5%
2020-11-10 06:30 AM Q3 9% 7.1% 7.9% 8.0%
2021-02-16 06:30 AM Q4 8% 9.1% 9% 8.5%
2021-06-29 10:00 AM Q1 8.1% 8% 8.1% 8.3%
2021-08-13 05:30 AM Q2 8.1% 8.5%
2021-11-10 06:30 AM Q3 8.7%


News Stream
French Unemployment Rate Little-Changed in Q1
The unemployment rate in France edged up to 8.1 percent in the first quarter of 2021, from 8.0 percent in the previous period and in line with market expectations, as the number of unemployed people increased by 18,000 to 2.4 million. The jobless rate was little-changed as a result of both the stability of the employment rate and a persistent withdrawal behavior from the labor market, due to the pandemic crisis and the ongoing coronavirus-induced restrictions. In Q1 2021, the unemployment rate increased for people aged 15-24 (+1.2 points), was almost stable for those aged 25-49 (+0.1 points) and decreased for those aged 50 or more (-0.3 points). Meantime, the employment rate was flat at 66.5 percent, while the activity rate stood at 72.4 percent.
2021-06-29
French Jobless Rate Falls to 8% in Q4
The unemployment rate in France declined to 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, down from a revised 9.1 percent in the previous period and below market expectations of 9 percent, as the number of unemployed people decreased by 340 thousand to 2.4 million. The jobless rate returned to pre-pandemic levels, though the numbers were partially skewed by a six-week lockdown during which jobseekers were unable to register as jobless. Unemployment declined mostly for people aged 15 to 24, followed by those aged 25-49 and those aged 50 or older. Meantime, the employment rate rose 0.6 points to 65.6 percent, while the activity rate dropped again by 0.2 points to 71.4 percent.
2021-02-16
France Jobless Rate Highest Since 2018
The unemployment rate in France increased to 9% in Q3 of 2020, the highest level since Q3 of 2018, from 7.1% in the second quarter and above market expectations of 7.9%. Unemployment data for the first two quarters of 2020 was skewed because of the mid-March to mid-May lockdown, which reduced the number of those technically classified as unemployed since it had been impossible for them to look for jobs. Labour search behaviours resumed in Q3, consequently unemployment rose sharply in Q3 2020. However, the increase in unemployment compared to either Q3 2019 (+0.6 points), highlights a clear deterioration in the labour market. The unemployment rate rose sharply for people aged 25 to 49 years (+2.1 points) and those aged 50 and over (+1.7 points), than among people aged 15-24 years (+0.9 points). Meantime, the employment rate rose 0.9 points to 65.1 percent, while the activity rate increased by 2.2 points to 71.6%.
2020-11-10
French Jobless Rate Lowest Since 1983
The unemployment rate in France declined to 7.1 percent in the second quarter, the lowest level since the three months to June 1983 and below market expectations of 8.3 percent, due to a sharp fall in the number of jobless persons declaring themselves actively looking for work during the period of lockdown. The unemployment rate fell sharply for people aged 25 to 49 years (-0.8 points) and those aged 50 and over (-1.0 points), but increased strongly for people aged 15-24 years (+1.8 points). The unemployment rate decreased more strongly for women (-1.1 points) than men (-0.3 points). Meantime, the employment rate declined 1.6 points to 64.4 percent, its lowest level since the beginning of 2017, while the activity rate decreased by 2.3 points to 69.4 percent, the lowest since 2007.
2020-08-13

France Unemployment Rate
In France, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.