At the end of March, a total of 331,500 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. This represents an increase of 22,500 from the previous year. The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 4,400 from the previous month. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 162,200 were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of unemployed jobseekers also includes those fully laid off. These figures are from the Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
- At the end of March, the number of people laid off was 79,500 in the whole country; a year-on-year increase of 5,500.
- The number of long-term unemployed — that is those who had been unemployed without interruption for at least a year — amounted to 104,000, up 39,100 on the previous year.
- The number of unemployed jobseekers aged over 50 was 120,000, representing an increase of 12,700 on the year before.
- Unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 40,600, representing a decrease of 500 from March last year.
Increase in new vacancies
The number of new vacancies reported during March totalled 77,700, or 14,200 more than in March the previous year. The total number of unfilled vacancies amounted to 162,500 in March, which was 12,600 more than a year ago.
At the end of March, the number of persons covered by services included in the activation rate amounted to 117,100, down 2,100 on the previous year. These services include pay subsidies, labour market training, work trials and self-motivated studies.
Statistics Finland: Unemployment rate 8.1%
According to the Labour Force Survey issued by Statistics Finland, in March the number of people in employment was 22,000 more than on the previous year. The employment rate was 70.7%, which was 0.5 percentage points higher than in March the year before.
Petri Syvänen, Ministerial adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 8050.