Employment bulletin The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased in July

20.8.2019

A total of 268,900 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of July. This was 15,100 fewer than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 14,800 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 65,100, down 11,900 on the previous year. 

Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 36,700, representing a decrease of 2,500 from July last year.

The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during July totalled 52,700, or 4,500 more than in July the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in July amounted to 100,000, which was 8,400 more than a year ago.

At the end of July, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 101,200, down 4,700 on the previous year. 

At the end of July, the number of people laid off was 16,100 in the whole country, which was 1,200 fewer than at the same time the year before. The number of people fully laid off totalled 11,100, showing no change from July a year earlier.

Statistics Finland: Unemployment rate 6.0%

According to the Labour Force Survey issued by Statistics Finland, in July the number of people in employment was 3 000 fewer than on the previous year. The employment rate was 74.5%, which was 0.4 percentage points higher than in July the year before. The unemployment rate was 6.0%, or 0.5 percentage points lower than the previous year.

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The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased in July, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, press release 20.8.2019