Employment Bulletin, April 2016

24.5.2016

Trends:

  • The total number of jobseekers increased
  • The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 2,000 compared to the year before
  • Services included in the activation rate had 4,000 less people than a year ago
  • 17,000 new job vacancies more compared to last year

A total of 340,900 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of April. This is 2,400 more than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 10,000 from the previous month. Unemployed jobseekers accounted for 13,0% of the labour force which is 0.1 percentage points more than a year ago. The figures are from the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

At the end of April, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 42,900 representing an increase of 500 from April a year ago. Youth unemployment decreased from March by 1,900. 

Unemployment grew the most among those with doctorate or equivalent level tertiary education (6%), lower degree level tertiary education (3%) and higher degree level tertiary education (3%).

At the end of April, the number of long-term unemployed who have been unemployed without interruption for more than a year amounted 121,200, up 17,000 on the previous year.

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 32,000, up 900 from April a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 10,000 at the end of April, up 400 from the year before.

A considerable increase in the number new vacancies

The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during April totalled 60,200, which is 16,600 more than April in the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices amounted to 107,600 in April, which is 16,700 more than a year ago.

Information about the bulletin

The Employment Bulletin is based on the data from the MEE's Employment Service Statistics. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy compiles statistics on the clients of the Employment and economic development offices (TE offices), including registered job-seekers, labour market policy services, and job vacancies reported to TE offices by employers. The data used by MEE Employment Service Statistics is completely registry-based.