The number of unemployed jobseekers increased in February


  • A total of 248,100 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of February. This is 2,300 more than a year earlier.
  • The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 3,500 from the previous month.  
  • The number of long-term unemployed amounted to 63,200, down 1,500 on the previous year.
  • Among those aged over 50, the number of unemployed was 93,600, representing an increase of 700 on the year before.
  • The number of unemployed aged under 25 decreased by 700.

Decrease in number of new vacancies


  • The number of new vacancies reported to TE Offices during February totalled 73,600, or 4,200 less than in February the previous year.
  • In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in February amounted to 164,400, which was 3,000 more than a year ago.

Increase in the employment rate


  • The unemployment total was 187,000, which is 13,000 less than a year ago.  
  • The unemployment rate was 6.9%, or 0.5 percentage points lower than the previous year.
  • The employment rate was 71.3%, which was 0.5 percentage points higher than in February the year before.  


Employment Bulletin of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Petri Syvänen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 8050