Published: 16 February 2018

Young people in Kymenlaakso are working or studying less often than others in 2016

According to Statistics Finland's employment statistics, 27 per cent of the population aged 18 to 24 living in Kymenlaakso were outside work and education 1) at the end of 2016. Of the 12,460 young people in the region, 3,310 were unemployed, pensioners or belonged to the group others in the inactive population. In the whole country, the proportion of young people not working or studying was 19 per cent. Among regions, the share has been highest in Kymenlaakso in all years between 2011 and 2016.

Share of persons aged 18 to 24 outside work and education of the correspondingly aged population by region and year, %

Share of persons aged 18 to 24 outside work and education of the correspondingly aged population by region and year, %

At the end of 2016, there were 84,900 young people aged 18 to 24 outside work and education (19 per cent of the age group). The share was slightly lower than in the previous year but still five percentage points higher than five years earlier in 2011.

Examined by region, the share of people outside work and education was largest in Kymenlaakso and smallest in Ostrobothnia. In Kymenlaakso, more than one-quarter of those aged 18 to 24 (27 per cent) were not working or studying at the end of the year. In Ostrobothnia, fewer than one in six were outside these groups (14 per cent) in 2016. The share has been highest in Kymenlaakso and lowest in Ostrobothnia in all years between 2011 and 2016.

In Kymenlaakso, the share of employed persons in the age group 18 to 24 was 41 per cent and that of students 31 per cent. The proportion of the unemployed in the labour force in this age group in Kymenlaakso was 29 per cent. In Ostrobothnia, the share of unemployed persons in the labour force aged 18 to 24 was 12 per cent and the share of employed persons was 53 per cent.

Population aged 18 to 24 by main type of activity living in Kymenlaakso and Ostrobothnia in 2016, %

Population aged 18 to 24 by main type of activity living in Kymenlaakso and Ostrobothnia in 2016, %

Share of persons outside work and education (aged 18 to 24) exceeded 28 per cent in 21 municipalities in 2016

Examined by region, the share of young people not working or studying was highest in the region of Kymenlaakso but examined by municipality, the shares of municipalities belonging to Kymenlaakso were not among the highest in the country.

For example, the region of North Karelia also had municipalities, where the proportion of the population 18 to 24 outside work and education was higher than in the municipalities of Kymenlaakso. However, the share of young people outside the groups was higher in the region of Kymenlaakso than in North Karelia.

Share of persons aged 18 to 24 not working or studying among the correspondingly aged population by municipality in 2016, %

Share of persons aged 18 to 24 not working or studying among the correspondingly aged population by municipality in 2016, %

1) Those outside work and education refer to persons who were outside the following main type of activity categories: employed, students, and conscripts and those in non-military service. The group includes unemployed persons, pensioners and others in the inactive population.

Source: Employment Statistics, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Netta Hiitola 029 551 3552, info@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 16.2.2018

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Employment [e-publication].
ISSN=2323-6825. Background information on unemployed persons 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.5.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/tyokay/2016/03/tyokay_2016_03_2018-02-16_tie_001_en.html

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