Published: 22 March 2011
According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, the number of unemployed persons in February was 221,000, which is 21,000 lower than one year ago. At 8.4 per cent, the unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than one year earlier. There were 27,000 more employed persons than in February of the previous year.
Unemployment rate and trend of unemployment rate 1989/01 – 2011/02
In February 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,425,000, which was 27,000 higher than a year earlier. This change fits within the margin of error for the number of employed persons (± 30,000). The number of employed men grew, but that of employed women fell slightly. The number of wage and salary earners increased, whereas that of self-employed persons stayed unchanged. Employment grew in the areas of the Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI) of Southern and Northern Finland.
In February, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 67.1 per cent, which was 0.8 percentage points higher than one year previously. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 68.2 per cent. Men’s employment rate was 68.2 per cent and women’s 66.1 per cent.
According to the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 221,000 unemployed in February 2011, i.e. 21,000 fewer than in February of the year before.
At 8.4 per cent, the unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower in February than one year earlier. The trend of the unemployment rate was 8.0 per cent and it has been at that level for the last six months. Men’s unemployment rate was 8.7 per cent and women’s 8.0 per cent. In February the unemployment rate among young people aged 15 to 24 was 21.3 per cent, which was 4.4 percentage points lower than in the previous year’s February. The trend of the unemployment rate among young people fell to 19.7 per cent. The unemployment rate was lowest in the area of Southern Finland AVI.
Changes in the active population 2010/02 – 2011/02 according to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, population aged 15 to 74
|2010/02||2011/02||2010/02 - 2011/02|
|1000 persons||Per cent, %|
|Population total||4 037||4 053||0,4|
|Active population, total||2 641||2 647||0,2|
|Employed, total||2 399||2 425||1,1|
|– employees||2 064||2 091||1,3|
|– self-employed persons and unpaid family workers||335||334||–0,3|
|Inactive population||1 397||1 407||0,7|
|Per cent, %||Percentage points|
|Employment rate, persons aged 15 to 64||66,4||67,1||0,8|
|Unrounded figures are used in the
The data comply with the ILO/EU definition.
At the end of February 2011, there were altogether 259,000 persons registered in accordance with the Employment Office Regulations as job seekers at the employment and economic development offices . The number of unemployed job seekers was 26,000 lower than in February 2010.
Unemployment decreased from the previous year in the areas of all Employment and Economic Development Centres (ELY). The number of unemployed job seekers declined most in Ostrobothnia (-17%), South Ostrobothnia (-16%), Pirkanmaa (-12%) and North Savo (-12%). At the end of February, the number of temporarily laid off persons registered at the employment and economic development offices was 22,000, which was 11,000 lower than twelve months earlier.
The number of persons covered by labour market policy measures totalled 112,000 at the end of February, which was 18,000 more than in February of the year before. Altogether 4.2 per cent of the active population was covered by labour market policy measures.
There were 31,000 unemployed job seekers aged under 25 registered at the employment and economic development offices. Their number was 6,000 lower than in the previous year's February. During this February, 59,000 new vacancies were reported to the employment and economic development offices, which is 11,000 more than in February 2010.
Changes 2010/02– 2011/02 according to the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy
|1000 persons||Per cent, %|
|Unemployed job seekers||285||259||–9,3|
|– unemployed over a year||50||58||15,4|
|– employed with subsidised measures||31||36||16,8|
|– in labour market training||34||34||2,8|
|– in trainee and job alternation places||20||19||–2,6|
|– in rehabilitative work, self-motivated studies (supported by unemployment benefit)||10||23||127,4|
|New vacancies at employment and economic development offices||49||59||22,2|
|Unrounded figures are used in the Change column.|
Contact information for the Ministry of Employment and the
Mr Petri Syvänen, tel. +359 10 604 8050, http://www.tem.fi/employmentbulletin
Updated tables of the Labour Force Survey: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/tyti/tau_en.html
Labour Force Survey 2010, Employment and unemployment in 2010: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/tyti/2010/tyti_2010_2011-02-15_tie_001_en.html
Labour force survey 2009, Time series data 2000-2009: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/tyti/2009/17/tyti_2009_17_2010-12-03_tie_001_en.html
Differences between the Labour Force Survey and the Employment Service Statistics are explained in the quality description of the Labour Force Survey.
About seasonally adjusted trend: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/tramo_seats_en.html
Latest seasonally adjusted employment figures published by the EU can be found on Eurostat's home page http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu
Job vacancy survey: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/atp/index_en.html
Source: Labour force survey 2011, February. Statistics Finland
Inquiries: Kalle Sinivuori (09) 1734 3524, Veli Rajaniemi (09) 1734 3434, Ari Väisänen (09) 1734 2290, email@example.com
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