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Unemployment rate by age in France Q1 1975-Q2 2020

The unemployment rate* in France increased between 1975 and 2020 for all age categories. In 1975, only young people aged 15 to 24 did not reach full employment (established at five percent). In 2020, only those aged 50 and over were in full employment. Over the decades, it is the latter category that has been the least affected by unemployment. The youth unemployment rate has exploded since 1975 from six percent to more than 20 percent in the second quarter of 2020.
The effect of COVID-19 has been felt only among the youngest people in France. While the rate increased for them between the first and the second quarter of 2020, it stagnated or decreased for the other categories, taking advantage of the various measures put in place by the French government to help companies avoid laying off their employees during the crisis.

Share of unemployed people by age in France from Q1 1975 to Q2 2020

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period

Q1 1975 to Q2 2020

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

France, excluding Mayotte

Supplementary notes

* Unemployment as defined by the ILO; seasonally adjusted data, as a quarterly average; estimated within +/- 0.3 percentage points of the level of the unemployment rate and its evolution from one quarter to the next.

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