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Unemployment rate in France Q1 1982- Q1 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. The unemployment curve has been declining since the first quarter of 2018..
Between 1982 and 2020, the unemployment curve fluctuated widely from 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 1982 to 10.4 percent in the first quarter of 1997. Since 1982, France has never achieved full employment, estimated at 5 percent by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Unemployment represents all people aged 15 and over who are unemployed and looking for a job. Its measurement is complex. The boundaries between employment, unemployment and inactivity are not always easy to establish, which often leads to talk of a "halo" around unemployment. The source follows the definition of unemployment described by the ILO.

Share of unemployed persons in France from the first quarter of 1982 to the first quarter of 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

Q1 1982 to Q1 2020

Special properties

Metropolitan France

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