A more recent publication of this set of statistics is available.
Latest publication: Labour force survey 2015, February
Published: 22 September 2009
Number of employed in August 95 000 lower than one year ago
Employment figures continued to fall and unemployment figures rise through August 2009. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which is the measure that best describes the level of unemployment, stood at 8,8 per cent in August. Men's unemployment rate went up by clearly more than women's. Unemployment increased further among young people and the seasonally adjusted youth unemployment rate was 22,4 per cent in August.
According to the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, the number of employed persons in August 2009 was 2 471 000, or 95 000 lower than a year earlier. The number of wage and salary earners decreased but that of self-employed persons went up slightly. The number of employed persons decreased in all provinces.
In August 2009, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 68,7 per cent, or 2,8 percentage points lower than one year before. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate fell to 67,4 per cent. From last year’s August, men’s employment rate fell by 4,7 percentage points to 68,9 per cent and women’s by 0,9 percentage points to 68,5 per cent.
According to the Labour Force Survey, there were 203 000 unemployed in August 2009, which was 52 000 more than in August of the year before. The number of unemployed men grew by 45 000 and that of unemployed women by 8 000.
Changes in the labour force 2009/08 – 2008/08 according to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey
|2009/08||2008/08||2009/08 - 2008/08|
|1000 persons||Per cent (%)|
|Population aged 15-74||4 028||4 008||0,5|
|Labour force, total||2 674||2 717||–1,6|
|Employed, total||2 471||2 566||–3,7|
|– employees||2 132||2 236||–4,6|
|– self-employed persons and unpaid family workers||339||330||2,7|
|Total persons not in labour force||1 354||1 291||4,9|
|Per cent (%)||Percentage points|
|Employment rate (persons aged 15 to 64), %||68,7||71,5||–2,8|
|Unemployment rate, %||7,6||5,6||2,0|
|Labour force participation rate, %||66,4||67,8||–1,4|
|Unrounded figures are used in the
The data comply with the ILO/EU definition.
At 7,6 per cent, the unemployment rate was 2,0 percentage points higher in August than one year earlier. The trend of the unemployment rate was 8,8 per cent in August. At its lowest in April 2008, the trend of the unemployment rate was 6,1 per cent. The unemployment rate for men went up by 3,4 percentage points to 8,0 per cent, and that for women by 0,6 percentage points to 7,1 per cent. This August, the unemployment rate among young people aged 15 to 24 was 17,7 per cent, which was 5,9 percentage points higher than in August 2008. The trend of the unemployment rate among young people rose to 22,4 per cent. The unemployment rate was lowest in the Province of Southern Finland, where it stood at 6,4 per cent, and highest in the Province of Eastern Finland at 10,3 per cent.
In August, there were 1 354 000 persons of working age not in the labour force , which was 63 000 more than one year earlier.
Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy
At the end of August 2009, there were altogether 270 000 persons registered, in accordance with the Unemployment Security Act and the Employment Office Regulations, as job seekers at the employment and economic development offices . The number of unemployed job seekers was 74 000 higher than in August 2008. Unemployment grew from the previous year in the areas of all Employment and Economic Development Centres. The number of unemployed job seekers increased most in Pirkanmaa (52 %), South Ostrobothnia (52 %), and Varsinais-Suomi (50%). At the end of August, the number of temporarily laid off persons registered at the employment and economic development offices was 28 000, which was 23 000 more than twelve months earlier. The total number of persons covered by labour market policy measures was 75 000 the end of August, which was 1 000 fewer than in August of the year before. Altogether 2,8 per cent of the labour force was covered by labour market policy measures. There were 37 000 unemployed job seekers aged under 25 registered at the employment and economic development offices. Their number was 15 000 higher than in last year's August. The number of new vacancies reported to the employment and economic development offices during this August was 32 000, or 14 000 fewer than in August 2008.
Changes 2009/08 – 2008/08 according to the Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy
|2009/08||2008/08||2009/08 - 2008/08|
|1000 persons||Per cent (%)|
|Unemployed job seekers||270||195||38,0|
|– unemployed over a year||41||42||–3,0|
|– employed with subsidised measures||33||37||–9,8|
|– in labour market training||26||23||12,0|
|– in trainee and job alternation places||16||16||–3,4|
|New vacancies at employment and economic development offices||32||45||–29,8|
|Unrounded figures are used in the Change column.|
Contact information for the Ministry of Employment and the
Mr Petri Syvänen, tel. +359 10 604 8050, http://www.tem.fi/employmentbulletin
Press release concerning recording of students in the Labour Force Survey statistics (in Finnish and Swedish only): http://tilastokeskus.fi/ajk/tiedotteet/2009/tiedote_008_2009-07-31.html
Methodological description concerning laid off persons (in
Differences between the Labour Force Survey and the Employment Service Statistics are explained in the quality description of the Labour Force Survey.
About seasonally adjusted trend (in Finnish only): http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/tyti/tyti_2007-06-19_men_003.html
Latest seasonally adjusted employment figures published by the EU can be found under the theme of Population and social conditions on Eurostat's home page http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu.
Job vacancy survey: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/atp/index_en.html
Source: Labour force survey 2009, August. Statistics Finland
Inquiries: Juha Martikainen (09) 1734 3225, Kalle Sinivuori (09) 1734 3524, Veli Rajaniemi (09) 1734 3434, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director in charge: Riitta Harala
Publication in pdf-format (20 pages 430.3 kB)
Tables in databases
- 1.1 Key indicators in the Labour Force Survey by sex 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 1.2 Population aged 15-74 by labour force status and sex 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 1.3 Population aged 15-74 by sex and age 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 2.1 Labour force participation rate by sex and age 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 2.2 Labour force by sex and age 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 3.1 Employment rate by sex and age 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 3.2 Employed persons by sex and age 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 3.3 Employed persons by status in employment 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 3.4 Employed persons by employer sector 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 3.5 Employed persons by province 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 3.6 Proportion of part-time employed persons in all employed persons by sex 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 3.7 Part-time employed persons by sex 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 4.1 Employees by type of employment relationship (%) 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 4.2 Employees by type of employment relationship 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 5.1 Unemployment rate by sex and age 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 5.2 Unemployed persons by sex and age 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 5.3 Unemployment rate by province 2009/08 - 2008/08 (22.9.2009)
- 6.1 Seasonally adjusted trends 2009/08 (22.9.2009)
- Quality descriptions
- Quality Description: Labour force survey (22.9.2009)
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF):
Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. August 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 2.4.2015].
Access method: http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/tyti/2009/08/tyti_2009_08_2009-09-22_tie_001_en.html