Press release 21.8.2007

Employment and unemployment in July 2007

- Number of employed persons 55,000 higher than one year earlier
- Employment rate 72.9 per cent
- Unemployment rate 5.9 per cent, 161,000 unemployed
- 32,000 new vacancies at labour exchange offices
- In January to July 2007, average number of employed 50,000 higher than one year earlier

According to the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, the number of employed persons in July was 2,595,000, or 55,000 higher than a year earlier. Employment increased in both the private and the public sector. The share of wage and salary earners in continuous full-time employment was 72.0 per cent, whereas one year before it was 71.5 per cent. The number of employed persons went up in the provinces of Southern Finland, Western Finland and Oulu.

In July, the employment rate, that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 72.9 per cent, which was 1.1 percentage points higher than one year previously. The employment rate of men was 75.1 per cent and that of women 70.7 per cent. The seasonally adjusted trend of the employment rate was 70.1 per cent.

Changes in the labour force 7/2006 - 7/2007, thousand persons

  July 2007 July 2006 CHANGE, %
7/06 - 7/07
Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey:
Employed, total 2,595 2,540 2.2
- wage and salary earners 2,282 2,224 2.6
- self-employed and assisting family members 313 316 -0.9
Employment rate, % 72.9 71.8 1.12
Unemployed1 161 179 -9.8
Unemployment rate, % 5.9 6.6 -0.72
Labour force, total 2,756 2,719 1.4
Labour force participation rate, % 69.2 68.6 0.62
Economically inactive, total 1,225 1,245 -1.6
- students 188 207 -9.1
- persons performing domestic work 97 100 -2.9
 
Ministry of Labour's Labour Exchange Statistics:
Unemployed job seekers 238 272 -12.4
- unemployed over a year 53 66 -20.4
Employed with subsidised measures 38 36 4.5
In labour market training 21 20 7.9
In trainee and job alternation places 16 15 4.6
New vacancies at labour exchange offices 32 25 29.1
 Unrounded figures are used in the CHANGE column
 1Based on the recommendations of the International Labour Organisation
2percentage points

According to the Labour Force Survey, there were 161,000 unemployed in July 2007, i.e. 18,000 fewer than in July of the year before. At 5.9 per cent, the unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than one year before. The seasonally adjusted trend of the unemployment rate was 6.9 per cent in July.

The unemployment rate was lowest in the Province of Southern Finland, where it stood at 4.6 per cent, and highest, at 9.7 per cent, in the Province of Eastern Finland. In July 2007, the unemployment rate among young people aged 15 to 24 was 9.5 per cent, which was 0.6 percentage points lower than in the previous year's July. The seasonally adjusted trend of the unemployment rate for young people was 16.2 per cent.

According to the Labour Force Survey, the average number of employed persons in the January to July 2007period was 2,488,000, which is 50,000 more than over the corresponding period of the year before. The average number of unemployed persons was 198,000, or 25,000 fewer than in the January to July period of 2006.

At the end of July 2007, there were altogether 238,000 persons registered, in accordance with the Unemployment Security Act and the Labour Exchange Office Regulations, as unemployed job seekers at the labour exchange offices. The number of unemployed job seekers was 34,000 lower than in July 2006. Unemployment fell from the previous year in the areas of all Employment and Economic Development Centres. The number of those covered by employment policy measures was 4,000 higher than in July 2006, and was 2.7 per cent of the labour force. There were 29,000 unemployed job seekers aged under 25 registered at the labour exchange offices. Their number was 6,000 lower than in last year's July. During this July, 32,000 new vacancies were reported to the labour exchange offices, which is 7,000 more than in July 2006.

Differences between the Labour Force Survey and the Labour Exchange Statistics

The employment situation is monitored monthly both with the sample-based Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland and with the register-based Labour Exchange Statistics of the Ministry of Labour. The Labour Exchange Statistics describe the situation on the last weekday of the month. The data for the Labour Force Survey are collected for every week of the month.

The Labour Force Survey follows the recommendations of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the practices required by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities. According to them, a person is classified as unemployed if he or she is aged 15 or over, does not have a job, has actively sought employment in the past four weeks and would be available for work within two weeks. The Labour Exchange Statistics are based on legislation and administrative regulations.

The Labour Force Survey and the Labour Exchange Statistics apply two basically different statistical criteria to how actively a person seeks work and makes him/herself available on the labour market. Due to statistical differences, the number of unemployed job seekers may not agree with the number of unemployed calculated in accordance with the ILO recommendations.

Since the Labour Force Survey is a sample survey, its data allow for random variation. In respect of the unemployment rate, for example, the 95 per cent confidence interval of the unemployment rate in July or the margin of error is about ± 0.5 percentage points. The confidence interval for the number of unemployed is approximately ± 14,000 persons.

Inquiries:
Statistics Finland: Mr Kalle Sinivuori +358 9 1734 3524, Mr Veli Rajaniemi +358 9 1734 3434,
Mr Juha Martikainen +358 9 1734 3225
Information Service/Labour Force Survey +358 9 1734 2030; Email: tyovoimatutkimus@stat.fi
Internet: http://stat.fi/til/tyti/index_en.html

Ministry of Labour: Mr Oiva Lönnberg +358 10 60 48048, Internet: http://www.mol.fi/employmentbulletin

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