Decrease in unemployed jobseekers in September

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 22.10.2019 8.08
Press release

A total of 226,000 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of September. This was 6,000 fewer than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers was down by 6,600 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 62,600, down 7,800 on the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers aged over 50 was 86,200, or 2,300 fewer than at the same time a year earlier.

The number of unemployed jobseekers aged under 25 totalled 27,900, representing a decrease of 1,200 from September last year. Among unemployed young people, the period of unemployment ended within three months on average in 67.1% of cases between January and September, which is 1.4 percentage points less than the year before.

Increase in new vacancies

The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during September totalled 65,400, or 14,900 more than in September the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in September amounted to 121,500, which was 21,000 more than a year ago.

At the end of September, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 120,300, down 6,300 on the previous year. These services include pay subsidies, labour market training, work trials and self-motivated studies.

At the end of September, the number of people laid off was 13,600 in the whole country; a year-on-year increase of 1,000. The number of people fully laid off totalled 8,300, representing an increase of 1,700 from September the year before.

Statistics Finland: Unemployment rate 5.9%

According to the Labour Force Survey issued by Statistics Finland, in September the number of people in employment was 40 000 more than on the previous year. The employment rate was 72.7%, which was 1.3 percentage points higher than in September the year before. According to the Survey, the unemployment total was 161,000, which is 9,000 fewer than a year ago. The unemployment rate was 5.9%, or 0.4 percentage points lower 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.

Further information on the differences in the statistics http://www.stat.fi/til/tyti/tyti_2016-08-23_men_001_en.html

Inquiries:
Petri Syvänen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 8050