With more than 140,400 companies established and more than 16,000 jobs created per year, Lyon and its region are both the second largest economic powerhouse in France and a major decision-making centre.

Companies and jobs

With 29,471 companies created in 2019 (+20.7 %), the economic vitality of the Lyon metropolitan area makes it the perfect place for entrepreneurship.
Source: Insee-REE 2019

  • 140,480 public and private entities
    SMEs and 200 medium-sized businesses
    Source: Insee-REE 31/12/2017
  • 770,000 jobs
    Source: Insee-Estel 2016
    594,300 of which are salaried and in the private sector
    Source: Acoss-Urssaf 31/12/2018
  • 15,250 jobs created in the private sector
    up 2.6% in one year
    Source: Acoss-Urssaf as at 31/12/2018
  • 7.6% unemployment rate
    In France: 8.3%
    Source: Zone d’Emploi de Lyon, Insee, Q3 2019
  • 6.2 million euros from the European Social Fund for employment and insertion in the Lyon metropolitan area
  • The second most attractive metropolitan area in France after Paris for international investors
    Source: EY Attractiveness Survey France 2019
  • 114 companies relocated by Aderly in the Lyon region area
    2,427 jobs created over 3 years,
    51 foreign projects.
    Source: The Lyon Region Area Economic Development Agency (Aderly) 2019

Lyon remains the 1st most attractive and dynamic French metropolis.
Source: Arthur Loyd Barometer 2019


Here are a few figures that, on their own, illustrate the attractiveness and the vitality of the Lyon region:

  • The construction of 11,540 houses was started between 2016 and 2018
    Source: DREAL
  • 5,097 restaurants, including 18 Michelin-starred
    Source: Insee-REE 31-12-2017 and Michelin Guide 2020
  • 16,500 businesses and services
  • 150 weekly markets in the Lyon metropolitan area
  • 266 hotels and tourism residences
    18 270 rooms
    Source: Lyon Métropole 2019
  • 30,000 associations
  • 88 libraries or media libraries
  • 75 conservatories and schools dof music, dance, theatre and circus supported by Lyon Métropole
  • 40 performance halls
  • 11 parks

The inhabitants of Lyon are the most ardent ambassadors of their city: 81% of the people questioned recommend their city to those wishing to move.
Source: ranking Regionjob, Parisjob et Hays 2019

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