Published: 5 November 2013

Employment of persons aged over 55 has increased considerably in fifteen years

According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, the employment of persons aged over 55 has increased considerably in fifteen years. In 2012, the employment rate for the population aged 55 to 64 was 58.2 per cent, which was 22.4 percentage points higher than in 1997. The employment rate of people aged 65 to 74 has also increased from 1997 by six percentage points to 9.5 per cent.

Employment rate for the population aged 15 to 64, 55 to 64 and 65 to 74 in 1997 to 2012

Employment rate for the population aged 15 to 64, 55 to 64 and 65 to 74 in 1997 to 2012

In fifteen years, the number of employed persons aged 55 to 64 has increased from just under 200,000 to 450,000. The size of the population in this age group has increased by 250,000 persons over the same time period. The employment rate of people aged 55 to 64 has also grown considerably: the employment rate of the age group was 35.8 per cent in 1997 and in 2012 it was 58.2 per cent.

The employment rate for the population aged 65 to 74 has also been growing steadily. In 1997, 15,000 persons in the age group were employed and in 2012 the number was 52,000. The population aged 65 to 74 has increased by 114,000 persons in fifteen years. The employment rate of the age group has grown by six percentage points to 9.5 per cent during this time.


Source: Labour force survey 2012. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Joanna Viinikka 09 1734 3796, Pertti Taskinen 09 1734 2690, tyovoimatutkimus@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
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