Employment Bulletin, January 2016



  • The total number of jobseekers increased
  • The number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 8,500 compared to the year before
  • Services included in the activation rate had 7,000 people less than a year ago
  • The number of new job vacancies decreased by 1,000 compared to a year ago

A total of 368,100 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices at the end of January. This is 8,500 more than a year earlier. The number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 9,800 from the previous month. The figures are from the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 33,400, up 900 from January a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 10,800 at the end of January, up 700 from the year before.

At the end of January, unemployed jobseekers under 25 years of age numbered 48,300 representing an increase of 400 from January a year ago. Youth unemployment decreased from December by 4,000.

At the end of January, the number of long­term unemployed who have been unemployed without interruption for more than a year amounted to 120,700, up 19,200 on the previous year.

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 job­seekers, 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.