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Published: 23 December 2014

Unemployment rate 8.2 per cent in November

According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, the number of unemployed persons in November 2014 was 215,000, which was 6,000 higher than one year ago. The unemployment rate was 8.2 per cent, having been 7.9 per cent in November of the year before. There were 9,000 fewer employed persons than in November of the previous year. The number of persons in disguised unemployment in the inactive population was 12,000 higher than one year earlier.

Unemployment rate and trend of unemployment rate 2004/11–2014/11, persons aged 15–74

Unemployment rate and trend of unemployment rate 2004/11–2014/11, persons aged 15–74

In November 2014, the number of employed persons was 2,422,000, which was 9,000 lower than a year earlier (margin of error ±33,000). The number of employed persons decreased in the private sector and grew in the local government sector compared with November 2013.

In November 2014, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 67.3 per cent, having been 67.8 per cent one year earlier. Men’s employment rate was 68.0 per cent and women’s 66.6 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 68.2 per cent.

According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, there were 215,000 unemployed in November 2014, i.e. 6,000 more than one year earlier (margin of error ±17,000). The number of unemployed men was 118,000 and that of women 97,000.

At 8.2 per cent, the unemployment rate in November was 0.2 percentage points higher than one year earlier. Men’s unemployment rate was 8.7 per cent and women’s 7.6 per cent. The trend of the unemployment rate was 9.0 per cent.

In November, there were a total of 650,000 young people aged 15 to 24 . Of them, 244,000 were employed and 53,000 were unemployed. Thus, the labour force of young people (employed and unemployed) totalled 298,000. In November, the unemployment rate for young people aged 15 to 24, that is, the proportion of the unemployed among the labour force, stood at 17.9 per cent, which was 2.6 percentage points higher than one year previously. The trend of the unemployment rate among young people was 21.2 per cent. The share of unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 among the population in the same age group was 8.2 per cent.

There were 1,462,000 persons in the inactive population in November 2014, which was 12,000 more than one year earlier. Of the inactive population, 156,000 persons were in disguised unemployment , which was 12,000 more than in November 2013.

Changes in employment 2013/11 – 2014/11 according to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, population aged 15 to 74

  Year/Month Change
2013/11 2014/11 2013/11 - 2014/11
1000 persons Per cent, %
Population total 4 091 4 099 0,2
Active population total 2 641 2 637 –0,1
Employed 2 431 2 422 –0,4
– employees 2 094 2 074 –0,9
– self-employed persons and unpaid family workers 338 348 3,1
Unemployed 209 215 2,8
Inactive population 1 450 1 462 0,8
– Persons in disguised unemployment 144 156 8,4
  Per cent, % Percentage points
Employment rate, persons aged 15 to 64 67,8 67,3 –0,5
Unemployment rate 7,9 8,2 0,2
Activity rate 64,5 64,3 –0,2
Unrounded figures are used in the Change column.
The data comply with the ILO/EU definition.

Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy

At the end of November 2014, there were altogether 327,000 persons registered in accordance with the Employment Office Regulations as unemployed job seekers at the employment and economic development offices . The number of unemployed job seekers was 31,000 higher than in November 2013.

Unemployment increased from the previous year's November in the areas of all Employment and Economic Development Centres; most in Ostrobothnia (16%), Uusimaa (16%), Satakunta (12%) and South Ostrobothnia (11%). At the end of November, the number of persons fully laid off registered at the employment and economic development offices was 27,000, which was 3,000 more than twelve months earlier.

The number of persons engaged in services included in the activation rate totalled 131,000 at the end of November, which was 6,000 more than in November of the previous year. Altogether, 5.0 per cent of the labour force was covered by labour market policy services.

There were 41,000 unemployed job seekers aged under 25 registered at the employment and economic development offices. Their number was 5,000 higher than in last year's November. During this November, 32,000 new vacancies were reported to the employment and economic development offices, which is 2,000 more than in last year's November.

Changes 2013/11–2014/11 according to the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy

  Year/Month Change
2013/11 2014/11 2013/11 - 2014/11
1000 persons Per cent, %
Unemployed job seekers 1) 296 327 10,3
– unemployed over a year 80 94 18,8
Services, total 125 131 4,8
– employed 35 36 2,9
– in labour market training, in training 32 30 –7,7
– in trainee places, engaged in work/training trials 13 13 –2,7
– as a job alternation substitute, in rehabilitative work, self-motivated studies supported by unemployment benefit 44 52 17,7
New vacancies at employment and economic development offices 30 32 8,2
Unrounded figures are used in the Change column.
1) The law reform that entered into force at the beginning of 2013 and the change in the lay-off procedure on 1 July increase the number of unemployed job seekers somewhat.

Links: Law reform 1 January 2013
Change in the lay-off procedure 1 July 2013

Contact information for the Ministry of Employment and the Economy:
Petri Syvänen tel. +358 29 504 8050, http://www.tem.fi/employmentbulletin

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Comparison between the statistics of Statistics Finland and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Latest seasonally adjusted employment figures published by the EU can be found on Eurostat's home page http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

Job vacancy survey

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Source: Labour force survey 2014, November. Statistics Finland

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Updated 23.12.2014

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