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Published: 20 August 2013

Forty three thousand fewer employed persons and 10,000 fewer unemployed persons than one year ago

According to the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 43,000 fewer employed persons and 64,000 more persons in the inactive population in July 2013 than a year earlier. The weak labour market situation does not encourage people to seek work actively. This is also visible as an increase in the inactive population. The number of unemployed persons in July 2013 was 183,000, which was 10,000 lower than one year ago. The unemployment rate was 6.6 per cent, having been 6.9 per cent in July of the year before.

Unemployment rate and trend of unemployment rate 1989/01 – 2013/07

Unemployment rate and trend of unemployment rate 1989/01 – 2013/07

In July 2013, the number of employed persons was 2,567,000 (margin of error ±31,000), which was 43,000 less than a year earlier. There were 8,000 fewer employed men and 35,000 fewer employed women than in July 2012. The number of employed persons decreased clearly in the private sector compared to July 2012.

In July, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 71.7 per cent, which was 1.0 percentage point lower than one year before. From last year’s July, men’s employment rate fell by 0.3 percentage points to 73.7 per cent and women’s by 1.8 percentage points to 69.6 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 68.6 per cent.

According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, there were 183,000 (margin of error ±16,000) unemployed in July 2013, i.e. 10,000 fewer than in July of the year before. The number of unemployed men was 99,000 and that of women 84,000.

At 6.6 per cent, the unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower in July than one year earlier. Men’s unemployment rate was 6.8 per cent and women’s 6.4 per cent. The trend of the unemployment rate was 7.7 per cent.

In July, there were a total of 656,000 young people aged 15 to 24 . Of them, 356,000 were employed and 40,000 unemployed. Thus, the labour force of young people (employed and unemployed) totalled 396,000. In July, the unemployment rate for young people aged 15 to 24, that is, the proportion of the unemployed among the labour force, stood at 10.1 per cent, which was 1.5 percentage points lower than one year previously. The trend of the unemployment rate among young people was 19.3 per cent. The share of unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 among the population in the same age group was 6.1 per cent.

There were 1,337,000 persons in the inactive population in July 2013, which was 64,000 more than in July 2012. Of the inactive population, 122,000 persons were in disguised unemployment .

Changes in employment 2012/07 – 2013/07 according to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, population aged 15 to 74

  Year/Month Change
2012/07 2013/07 2012/07 - 2013/07
1000 persons Per cent, %
Population total 4 075 4 086 0,3
Active population total 2 802 2 749 –1,9
Employed 2 610 2 567 –1,7
– employees 2 270 2 242 –1,3
– self-employed persons and unpaid family workers 340 325 –4,3
Unemployed 192 183 –5,0
Inactive population 1 273 1 337 5,1
– Persons in disguised unemployment 115 122 6,0
  Per cent, % Percentage points
Employment rate, persons aged 15–64 72,7 71,7 –1,0
Unemployment rate 6,9 6,6 –0,2
Activity rate 68,8 67,3 –1,5
Unrounded figures are used in the Change column.
The data comply with the ILO/EU definition.

Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy

At the end of July 2013, there were altogether 319,000 persons registered in accordance with the Employment Office Regulations as job seekers at the employment and economic development offices . The number of unemployed job seekers was 43,000 higher than in last year's July.

Unemployment increased from the previous year's July in the areas of all Employment and Economic Development Centres; most in Uusimaa (21%), Pirkanmaa (20%), North Ostrobothnia (18%) and Kainuu (18%). At the end of July, the number of temporarily laid off persons registered at the employment and economic development offices was 18,000, which was 7,000 more than twelve months earlier.

The number of persons engaged in services included in the activation stage totalled 92,000 at the end of July, which was the same number as in July of the year before. Altogether, 3.4 per cent of the labour force was covered by labour market policy services.

There were 47,000 unemployed job seekers aged under 25 registered at the employment and economic development offices. Their number was 7,000 higher than in July of the year before. During this July, 30,000 new vacancies were reported to the employment and economic development offices, which is 2,000 fewer than in July 2012.

Changes 2012/07 – 2013/07 according to the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy

  Year/Month Change
2012/07 2013/07 2012/07 - 2013/07
1000 persons Per cent, %
Unemployed job seekers 276 319 15,5
– unemployed over a year 63 76 20,5
Services, total 92 92 0,3
– employed 29 32 8,4
– in labour market training, in training 20 21 5,0
– in trainee places, engaged in work/training trials 10 8 –20,5
– as a job alternation substitute, in rehabilitative work, self-motivated studies supported by unemployment benefit 33 31 –3,8
New vacancies at employment and economic development offices 31 30 –4,9
Unrounded figures are used in the Change column.

Contact information for the Ministry of Employment and the Economy:
Petri Syvänen tel. +358 29 504 8050, http://www.tem.fi/employmentbulletin

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Source: Labour force survey 2013, July. Statistics Finland

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