Published: 12 April 2018

Employment improved in 2017

According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, the employment rate for the population aged 15 to 64 was 69.6 per cent in 2017. Men’s employment rate was 70.7 per cent and women’s 68.5 per cent. The employment rate of both men and women increased by 0.9 percentage points from 2016. These data derive from Statistics Finland’s annual review Labour Force Survey 2017, time series data 2008 to 2017.

Employment rates by sex in 1993 to 2017, persons aged 15 to 64, %

Employment rates by sex in 1993 to 2017, persons aged 15 to 64, %

In 2017, the number of employed persons aged 15 to 74 in Finland was on average 2,473,000, which was 25,000 more than in 2016. There were 16,000 more employed men and 9,000 more employed women than in 2016. Women's employment also made an upturn in 2017.

In 2017, the average number of unemployed was 234,000, which was slightly lower than in 2016. The unemployment rate among persons aged 15 to 74 was, on average, 8.6 per cent in 2017, having been 8.8 per cent in 2016. The unemployment rate of men declined to 8.9 per cent and that of women to 8.4 per cent.

The number of persons in disguised unemployment decreased by 12,000 persons from 2016. In 2017, there were 143,000 persons aged 15 to 74 classified as being in disguised unemployment, who would and could have accepted work, but had not looked for it actively. The number of persons in disguised unemployment declined for the first time since 2008.

Unemployed persons and persons in disguised unemployment in 2003 to 2017, persons aged 15 to 74

Unemployed persons and persons in disguised unemployment in 2003 to 2017, persons aged 15 to 74

The number of persons working part-time grew further. In 2017, the number of persons working part-time was 332,000, which was 10,000 more than in 2016. Part-time work increased for women and remained unchanged for men.

Employees’ hours actually worked per employed was 1,601 hours in 2017, which was nearly the same amount as in the previous year. Hours actually worked per employed in the central government sector decreased from 2016. Hours actually worked per employed in the local government and the private sector remained almost unchanged.

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Labour Force Survey tables in databases: http://pxnet2.stat.fi/PXWeb/pxweb/en/StatFin/StatFin__tym__tyti/?tablelist=true .

Latest monthly release of the Labour Force Survey .


Source: Labour Force Survey 2017. Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Employment and unemployment 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.9.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/tyti/2017/13/tyti_2017_13_2018-04-12_tie_001_en.html