Official Statistics of Finland

Labour force survey

Producer: Statistics Finland

Latest release:
Unemployment rate 8.8 per cent in December
20 Jan 2015
According to Statistics Finlands Labour Force Survey, the number of unemployed persons in December 2014 was 232,000, which was 27,000 higher than one year ago. The unemployment rate was 8.8 per cent, having been 7.9 per cent in December of the year before. The number of employed persons was nearly the same as in December of the previous year. The unemployment rate in the fourth quarter (October to December) was 8.4 per cent, which was 0.7 percentage points higher than in the respective quarter of 2013. The rate of unemployment was, on average, 8.7 per cent in 2014, having been 8.2 per cent in 2013.

Next release:
24 Feb 2015

Description: The Labour Force Survey collects statistical data on the participation in work, employment, unemployment and activity of persons outside the labour force among the population aged between 15 and 74. The Labour Force Survey data collection is based on a random sample drawn twice a year from the Statistics Finland population database. The monthly sample consists of some 12,000 persons and the data are collected with computer-assisted telephone interviews. The information provided by the respondents is used to produce a picture of the activities of the entire population aged between 15 and 74. A so-called ad hoc module with annually changing topics is also carried out in connection with the Labour Force Survey.
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Keywords: active population, activity rate, employed persons, employed rate, employees, employment, employment relationship, fixed-term employment, full-time work, hours worked per week, inactive population, industrial structure, industries, labour market, labour force status, long-term unemployed, occupations, part-time work, private sector, public sector, self-employed persons, socio-economic group, status in employment, temporary lay-off, unemployed persons, unemployment, unemployment rate, weekly working hours, working hours, working life, youth unemployment.
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Change: The content of the Labour Force Survey tables in databases has been extended
25 Nov 2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 29.1.2015].
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