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Published: 1 November 2011

Employment of over 55-year-olds increased in 2010

According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, the number of employed persons in 2010 was very close to the level of 2009. The number of employed persons decreased by 10,000 persons and employment rate of persons aged 15 to 64 fell by 0.5 percentage points to 67.8 per cent. There were small differences between the age groups, however. The employment rates of age groups of under 55-year-olds fell, but employment among people aged 55 or over grew. The employment rate of people aged 55 to 64 went up by 0.7 percentage points to 56.2 per cent.

The latest economic downturn was hardly visible in the employment of women aged 55 or over. The employment rate of women aged 55 to 64 has been continuously improving for 13 years. The employment rate was 33.8 per cent in 1997, but it rose to 56.9 per cent in 2010.

The economic downturn weakened employment among men aged 55 or over in 2009, but in 2010 the employment rate of men aged 55 to 64 improved by one percentage point to 55.6 per cent.

Employment rates in 2001–2010, persons aged from 15 to 64, 55 to 64 and 15 to 24

Employment rates in 2001–2010, persons aged from 15 to 64, 55 to 64 and 15 to 24

Source: Labour force survey 2010. Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Time series data 2001-2010 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.10.2023].
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