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 28,920 companies created in 2020, the economic vitality of the Lyon metropolitan area makes it the perfect place for entrepreneurship.
Source: Insee-REE 2020

  • 150,700 public and private entities
    5,660 SMEs and 190 medium-sized businesses
    Source: Insee-REE 31/12/2018
  • 806,465 jobs
    Source: Insee-Estel 2018
    598,920 of which are salaried and in the private sector
    Source: Acoss-Urssaf 31/12/2020
  • 11,720 jobs created in the private sector
    up 2% in one year
    Source: Acoss-Urssaf as at 31/12/2019
  • 7.9% unemployment rate in the Lyon metropolitan area
    In France: 8.1%
    Source: Insee, Q3 2021
  • 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
  • 62 companies relocated by Aderly in the Lyon region area in 2021,
    1,132 jobs created over 3 years,
    26 foreign projects.
    Source: The Lyon Region Area Economic Development Agency (Aderly) 2021
  • 569 companies still active out of the 884 set up in the region with Aderly’s support over the period 2008-2019
    and 10,386 directs jobs.
    Source: Socio-economic footprint modelised by Utopies and the Lyon Region Area Economic Development Agency (Aderly) 2021


Lyon remains the 1st most attractive and dynamic French metropolis.
Source: Arthur Loyd Barometer 2021


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
  • 5,280 restaurants, including 18 Michelin-starred
  • 16,500 businesses and services
  • 236 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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