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1 Introduction

This annual Labour Force Survey publication contains 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.

A review with the heading of Employment and Unemployment in 2011 was published in spring and a review with the heading of Families and Work in 2011 concerning families and employment was issued in autumn from the annual Labour Force Survey data concerning 2011. These reviews have been combined in this publication, which also includes additional time series data.

In addition to the review section, this publication contains Labour Force Survey time series data for 2002 to 2011 and 2007 to 2011, as well as annual data concerning the year 2011.

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

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

Source: Labour force survey 2011. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Veli Rajaniemi 09 1734 3434, Heidi Melasniemi-Uutela 09 1734 2523, Tarja Nieminen 09 1734 3561,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

Updated 6.11.2012

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Time series data 2002-2011 2011, 1 Introduction . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.6.2023].
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