Increase in unemployed jobseekers in December
A total of 257,700 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of December. This is 1,200 more than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 29,100 from the previous month. These figures are from the Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
The number of long-term unemployed — that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for at least a year — amounted to 63,000, down 3,800 on the previous year. Among those aged over 50, the number of unemployed was 95,100, representing an increase of 100 on the year before.
The number of unemployed jobseekers aged under 25 was 32,800, representing a decrease of 600 from December last year. On average, 68.1 per cent of the unemployment periods of young people ended before reaching three months between January and December. This is 0.9 percentage points less than a year before.
Increase in new vacancies
The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during December totalled 55,400, or 9,500 more than in December the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in December amounted to 104,100, which was 14,500 more than a year ago.
At the end of December, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 110,900, down 5,600 on the previous year. These services include pay subsidies, labour market training, work trials and self-motivated studies.
At the end of December, the number of people laid off was 27,700 in the whole country; a year-on-year increase of 6,300. The number of people fully laid off totalled 21,700, representing an increase of 6,300 from December the year before.
Statistics Finland: Unemployment rate 6.0%
According to the Labour Force Survey issued by Statistics Finland, in December the number of people in employment was 17,000 more than on the previous year. The employment rate was 73.0%, which was 1.0 percentage points higher than in December the year before. According to the Survey, the unemployment total was 164,000, which is 18,000 more than a year ago. The unemployment rate was 6.0%, or 0.6 percentage points higher than the previous year.
Key differences between Employment Service Statistics and the Labour Force Survey
This information is based on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s Employment Service Statistics and the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland. The Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry are compiled on the basis of the information in the Employment and Economic Development Offices’ customer register, while the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland is based on sampling.
In the Ministry’s Employment Service Statistics, people that are not in an employment relationship or employed in business are listed as unemployed. Persons fully laid-off but not full-time students are also categorised as unemployed in the Employment Service Statistics. The Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland has a stricter definition for being unemployed: a person is unemployed if he or she has actively sought employment during the preceding four weeks and is available for work over the coming two weeks. The figures of the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland are internationally comparable and thus they are the official Finnish unemployment statistics.
Petri Syvänen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 8050