Official Statistics of Finland

Labour force survey

Producer: Statistics Finland

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Employment increased compared with one year ago
24 Jan 2020
According to Statistics Finlands Labour Force Survey, the number of employed people was 17,000 higher in December 2019 than one year ago. There were 18,000 more unemployed than in December 2018. The trend of the employment rate was 73.0 per cent and the trend of the unemployment rate was 6.7 per cent. The unemployment rate in the fourth quarter was 6.0 per cent, which was unchanged from October to December 2018. In 2019, the employment rate was 72.6 per cent, having been 71.7 per cent in 2018.

Next release:
25 Feb 2020

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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Keywords: active population, activity rate, employed persons, employed rate, employees, employment, employment relationship, fixed-term employment, full-time work, hours worked per week, inactive population, industrial structure, industries, labour market, labour force status, long-term unemployed, occupations, part-time work, private sector, public sector, self-employed persons, socio-economic group, status in employment, temporary lay-off, unemployed persons, unemployment, unemployment rate, weekly working hours, working hours, working life, youth unemployment.
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Change: The Classification of Sectors 2012 will be introduced in the Labour Force Survey
20 Dec 2019
The Labour Force Survey will adopt the Classification of Sectors 2012 starting from the statistical reference year 2020, where applicable.

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 26.1.2020].
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