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1. Introduction

These annual Labour Force Survey statistics contain statistical data on 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 two or three yearly reviews which come out in the course of the year, and in this volume of annual statistics. The first yearly review concerns changes in employment and unemployment. This general review is released in the early part of the year (this year on 15 February 2011). The second yearly review, which comes out in June (7 June 2011), examines employment relationships and working hours. A review based on data from the household module of the Labour Force Survey is not published this year, but it will be next released in autumn 2012. The two reviews published during 2011 have been gathered together in this annual publication.

In addition to the review section, this publication contains Labour Force Survey time series data for 2001 to 2010 and 2006 to 2010, as well as annual data concerning the year 2010.

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

Monthly and quarterly data and time series tables from Statistics Finland's database complementing this publication are available on the web pages of the Labour Force Survey ( ; in Finnish only).

Source: Labour force survey 2010. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Kalle Sinivuori (09) 1734 3524, Kirsi Toivonen (09) 1734 3535,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

Updated 1.11.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Time series data 2001-2010 2010, 1. Introduction . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.6.2023].
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