Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region: Economic Data

With a gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly 240 billion euros, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the second largest French economic region, after the Ile-de-France (8th European region). This large region represents 11.4% of the national wealth and its GDP, comparable to that of Denmark, is higher than that of Ireland, Portugal, Finland and Greece. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has more than 3.3 million jobs, of which 86.5% are salaried jobs. The new region accounts for 12% of French jobs and has unemployment slightly below the national average, with 11.2% of unemployed people aged 15 to 64 in 2012, compared with 13.2% in France.


Although the region has 400 large companies and 2,900 medium-sized enterprises (ETI), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes remains marked by a strong presence of companies with less than 250 employees. These last represent 99% of the companies of the territory. While this multiplicity of small businesses ensures the networking of our territory, half of the 2 million private sector employees in the region is however employed by the largest companies. In other words, mid-cap companies and large companies, representing less than 1% of companies in the region, employ 50% of employees. Small businesses (micro-enterprises and SMEs) employ 20% and 30% of employees in the region, more than the national level (19% and 27% respectively).


The average size of a company in the new region is 14 employees and is equivalent to the national average. This figure compares favorably with Spanish and Italian situations, but is far from German and Swiss figures (35 people) or British figures (21 people).