Official Statistics of Finland

Labour force survey

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Employment weakened clearly in December
28 Jan 2021
According to Statistics Finlands Labour Force Survey, the number of employed people was 74,000 lower in December 2020 than one year ago. There were 48,000 more unemployed than in December 2019. The trend of the employment rate was 71.8 per cent and the trend of the unemployment rate was 8.2 per cent.

Description: The Labour Force Survey collects statistical data on the participation in work, employment, unemployment and activity of persons outside the labour force among the population aged between 15 and 74. The Labour Force Survey data collection is based on a random sample drawn twice a year from the Statistics Finland population database. The monthly sample consists of some 12,000 persons and the data are collected with computer-assisted telephone interviews. The information provided by the respondents is used to produce a picture of the activities of the entire population aged between 15 and 74. A so-called ad hoc module with annually changing topics is also carried out in connection with the Labour Force Survey.
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Change: Publication and dissemination of Labour Force Survey data in the early part of 2021
22 Dec 2020
The data content, data collection and estimation method of the Labour Force Survey will be revised at the beginning of 2021, which will cause changes to the publication and dissemination of data.

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.2.2021].
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