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Latest publication: Labour force survey 2019, February

Published: 24 January 2006

Employment grew in December 2005

According to the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, the number of empoyed persons was 2,399,000 employed in December 2005, i.e. 63,000 higher than one year before. The employment rate stood at 67.8 per cent, while it was 66.3 per cent in December 2004.

There number of unemployed persons was 198,000 in December, which is 3,000 more than one year before. The rate of unemployment was 7.6 per cent, while it was 7.7 per cent one year earlier.

In 2005 the average number of employed persons was 2,401,000, which is 36,000 higher than in the corresponding period of the year before. The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent, against 8.8 per cent in 2004.

Changes in the labour force 12/2004 - 12/2005, thousand persons

  December 2005 December 2004 Change, %
12/04 - 12/05
Employed total 2 399 2 336 2.7
Employment rate, % 67.8 66.3 1.5 2
Unemployed 1 198 195 1.9
Unemployment rate, % 7.6 7.7 -0.1 2
Labour force, total 2 597 2 531 2.6
Labour force participation rate, % 65.7 64.2 1.5 2
Economically inactive, total 1 358 1 409 -3.7
Unrounded figures are used in the CHANGE column
1 Based on the recommendations of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
2 percentage points

Source: Labour force survey 2005, December. Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. December 2005. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.4.2019].
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