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Changes to the unemployment data for the early part of the year

The revision of the Labour Force Survey that entered into force at the beginning of 2021 changed the data contents of the statistics, calculation method of results and data collection considerably. A small difference in the definition of the unemployed has been detected between the data that are delivered to Eurostat and the national data, as was discovered in connection with the data revision.

Due to the difference in definition, there were 4,000 more unemployed according to the data on the first quarter released by Eurostat on 15 July 2021 than in the data released by Statistics Finland on 4 May 2021. Correspondingly, the number of unemployed in April and May will increase by around 20,000 compared to the data published earlier by Statistics Finland.

Statistics Finland will publish the corrected data for the early part of the year on 27 July 2021 in connection with the data for the second quarter: Labour Force Survey 2021, June and 2nd quarter.

Further information: Senior Statistician Pertti Taskinen, tel. +358 29 551 2690,

Last updated 20.7.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.3.2024].
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