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Published: 22 January 2008

Employment grew in December 2007

According to the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, the number of employed persons in December was 2 490 000, or 32 000 higher than a year earlier. Employment increased in the private sector. The number of wage and salary earners went up and that of self-employed persons remained nearly unchanged. The number of employed persons went up in the Provinces of Southern Finland and Western Finland and fell in the Provinces of Eastern Finland and Lapland.

In December, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 69,5 per cent, which was 0,3 percentage points higher than one year before. The employment rate of men was 70,2 per cent and that of women 68,7 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 70,2 per cent.

According to the Labour Force Survey, there were 158 000 unemployed in December 2007, i.e. 10 000 fewer than one year before. At 6,0 per cent, the unemployment rate was 0,4 percentage points lower than one year before. The trend of the unemployment rate was 6,7 per cent in December.

According to the Labour Force Survey, the average number of employed persons during the last quarter of 2007 was 2 485 000, which is 47 000 more than in the corresponding quarter of the year before. The number of wage and salary earners went up and that of self-employed persons remained almost unchanged. The number of unemployed persons was 161 000, which is 16 000 fewer than in the October to December period of 2006.

According to the Labour Force Survey, the average number of employed persons in 2007 was 2 492 000, which is 48 000 more than in 2006. The average number of unemployed persons was 183 000, or 21 000 fewer than in 2006.

Changes in the labour force 2007/12 – 2006/12, thousand persons

  2007/12 2006/12 Change, %
2007/12 - 2006/12
Employed, total 2 490 2 458 1,3
Unemployed 158 168 -5,6
Labour force, total 2 648 2 625 0,9
Economically inactive, total 1 343 1 345 –0,2
      Percentage points
Employment rate, % 69,5 69,1 0,3
Unemployment rate, % 6,0 6,4 -0,4
Labour force participation rate, % 66,3 66,1 0,2
Unrounded figures are used in the Change column.
The data are collected according to the ILO/EU definition.
     

Links: Press release connected to this statistical release (inclusive of data of Ministry of Employment and the Economy):
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Source: Labour force survey 2007, December. Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. December 2007. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.3.2019].
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