Decrease in unemployed jobseekers in January

20.2.2018

A total of 285,800 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of January. This was 57,000 fewer than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers was down by 9,700 from the previous month. These figures are from the Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The number of long-term unemployed — that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for at least a year — amounted to 89,600, down 32,200 on the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers over 50 years of age was 108,800, or 20,300 fewer than at the same time a year earlier.

Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 35,400, representing a decrease of 8,000 from January last year. Among unemployed young people, the period of unemployment ended within three months on average in 70.0 percent of cases in January, which is 9.1 percentage points more than the year before.

The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during January totalled 74,600, or 16,200 more than in January the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in January amounted to 113,800, which was 22,500 more than a year ago.

These figures are from the Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Further information:

Decrease in unemployed jobseekers in January (Press release from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 20.2.2018)

Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment