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1. Introduction

This annual publication of the Labour Force Survey contains statistical data on the employment, unemployment, labour force participation and working hours of the population aged from 15 to 74. The data derive from the Labour Force Survey which is a sample-based monthly interview survey. The concepts and definitions used in the Labour Force Survey comply with the recommendations of ILO, the International Labour Organisation, and EU regulations concerning official statistics. The statistical data of the Survey are thus internationally comparable.

The mode of releasing annual data from the Labour Force Survey was reviewed in 2009. Annual data are now released in three yearly reviews which come out in the course of the year, and in this publication. The first yearly review concerns changes in employment and unemployment. This general review is always brought out early in the year. The second yearly review which comes out in the spring examines employment relationships and working hours. The third yearly review comes out in the autumn. Its theme is families and work and it highlights data from the household module of the Labour Force Survey on topics like labour force participation of parents of small children. The reviews published during 2009 have been gathered together in this annual publication.

In addition to the reviews, this publication contains Labour Force Survey time series data for 2000 to 2009 and 2005 to 2009, as well as annual data concerning the year 2009.

The yearly reviews and this annual publication are available on the web pages of the Labour Force Survey ( ). The annual publication is also produced as a hard copy.

Monthly and quarterly data ( ) complementing this publication are available on the web pages of the Labour Force Survey .

Source: Labour force survey 2009. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Heidi Melasniemi-Uutela (09) 1734 2523, Olga Kambur (09) 1734 3565,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

Updated 3.12.2010

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. 17 2009, 1. Introduction . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.6.2023].
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