318,400 unemployed jobseekers in April
At the end of April, a total of 318,400 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. This is 114,600 less than a year earlier, but 88,800 more than in April two years ago. The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 13,100 from the previous month. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 158,600 were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of unemployed jobseekers also includes those fully laid off. These figures are from the Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
At the end of April, the number of people laid off was 70,200 in the whole country, which was 113,800 fewer than at the same time the year before. The number of people fully laid off totalled 53,900, representing a decrease of 109,800 from April the year before. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 8,800 from March.
The number of long-term unemployed — that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for at least a year — amounted to 109,700, up 42,300 on the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers over 50 years of age was 116,200, or 25,400 less than at the same time a year earlier.
Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 38,600, representing a decrease of 17,700 from April last year. Among unemployed young people, the period of unemployment ended within three months on average in 56.1% of cases between January and April, which is 8.2 percentage points less than the year before.
Increase in new vacancies
The number of new vacancies reported during April totalled 76,100, or 26,000 more than in April the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in April amounted to 152,900, which is 39,600 more than a year ago.
At the end of April, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 117,000, up 6,000 on the previous year. These services include pay subsidies, labour market training, work trials and self-motivated studies.
Statistics Finland: Unemployment rate 9.0%
According to the Labour Force Survey issued by Statistics Finland, in April the number of people in employment was 29,000 more than on the previous year. The employment rate was 70.1%, which was 0.4 percentage points higher than in April the year before. According to the Survey, the unemployment total was 244,000, which is 30,000 more than a year ago. The unemployment rate was 9.0%, or 0.9 percentage points higher than the previous year.
Press release on the revision of the Labour Force Survey: https://www.stat.fi/til/tyti/tyti_2020-12-22_uut_001_en.html
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 of 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.
Further information on the differences in the statistics https://tilastokeskus.fi/til/tyti/tyti_2019-09-13_men_001_en.html
Petri Syvänen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 8050