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Number of long-term unemployed grew further in 2021

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According to Statistics Finland's employment statistics, the number of unemployed job seekers in 2021 was 271,900, for 39 % of whom unemployment had lasted continuously for at least a year. The number of long-term unemployed grew by 16 % compared to 2021 and by 68 % compared to 2019. In turn, the number of all unemployed persons fell by 23 % from the year before, whereby their total number was 351,600. The data on unemployment in the employment statistics are based on the data of the Register of Job Seekers of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Line chart on the number of persons continuously unemployed for over a year by age group in 2015 to 2021. The number of long-term unemployed fell by a total of 46 % from 2015 to 2019 to 62,800 people. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of long-term unemployed increased by 43,000, approaching the 2016 level. Examined by age group, the number of long-term unemployed increased the most in the age group of 55–64.

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