The purpose of unemployment security is to compensate for financial losses caused by unemployment. When you are an unemployed jobseeker, unemployment security will support you financially while you are looking for work and improve your capacity for entering or getting back into the job market.
Unemployment benefits include
Additionally, you may be entitled to a supplementary unemployment allowance or the increase for the duration if services that promote employment that are listed in your employment plan, the plan that replaces this plan.
Once you have registered with the TE Office as an unemployed jobseeker and apply for unemployment benefit, the TE Office will issue a labour policy statement on your eligibility for the benefit.
You can track your unemployment security information in E-services (in Finnish or Swedish).
In the Omat työttömyysturvatiedot (My employment security information) service, you can
You are eligible for an unemployment allowance if you meet the condition of previous employment at the time of becoming unemployed.
The unemployment funds and Kela will verify that you meet the condition of previous employment. If you do not meet it or if you have been receiving unemployment allowance for the maximum period, Kela will pay you labour market subsidy.
The condition for previous employment includes 75% of employment, which was subsidised with a pay subsidy.
As a rule, employment security lasts a maximum of 400 days.
Your activity as a jobseeker is inspected in periods of 65 days of payment of unemployment benefits, which corresponds to around three months of consecutive unemployment. In order to receive the unemployment benefits in full, you must be sufficiently engaged in work or services promoting employment during the 65-day inspection period. If a jobseeker has not sufficiently engaged in work or services promoting employment, his or her unemployment benefits will be subject to a 4.65 per cent reduction for the following 65 days. This corresponds to one day per month compensated for by the jobseeker.
If you are applying for unemployment benefit, the information you provide in our online service may be enough to draw up a labour policy statement, which we will send to the unemployment fund or Kela.
If we need more information from you for this statement, we will contact you. The acknowledgement of receipt will indicate that a labour policy statement has been issued or that the TE Office will contact you for further information.
For drawing up the labour policy statement, the TE Office may request one of the following documents:
When you register as an unemployed jobseeker, your will be asked about factors that may influence your right to an unemployment benefit. As an unemployment benefit recipient your will be obligated to notify the TE Office of any changes to your status.
Please submit information on the following to the TE Office:
The above list includes the most typical changes that the TE Office must be notified of. If you are uncertain about how a change might affect your rights to an unemployment benefit, please contact your TE Office or the telephone service for personal customers.
The TE Office will provide more information on how to submit information on the start and conclusion of employment for those people who e.g. take on temporary work on a regular basis. The TE Office also provides further instructions when the jobseeker is drafting an employment plan and when they have been offered a job.