Unemployment decreased in December

A total of 358,100 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of December. This is 19,800 less than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 29,600 from the previous month. The figures are from the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The number of long-term unemployed — that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for more than a year — amounted to 122,000, up 3,800 on the previous year. Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 48,100, representing a decrease of 4,300 from December last year.

The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during December totalled 37,100, or 1,700 more than in December the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in December amounted to 68,500, which is 7,400 more than a year ago.

At the end of December, the number of people laid off was 38,000 in the whole country, which is 7,200 less than the year before.

According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey in December 2016, the number of employed persons was 34,000 more than one year earlier. The employment rate grew by 1.3 percentage points from last year to 68.3 per cent. According to the Labour Force Survey, there were 207,000 unemployed in December 2016, i.e. 34,000 fewer than in December of the year before. At 7.9 per cent, the unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower in December than one year earlier.