Employed labour

Last updated 27/03/2018 - 10:17

The number of people employed in the public sector took a downturn

In October–December, the number of people employed in the private sector went up by 1 per cent in the Helsinki region compared with the same time period in the previous year. However, the number of people employed in the public sector took a downturn, as the number of people employed by the state decreased by 1 per cent. The total number of people in employment went up by slightly less than one per cent in the Helsinki region. The rest of Finland saw a similar trend, although the number of people employed in the private sector increased more outside of the Helsinki region. According to a sample-based Labour Force Survey conducted by Statistics Finland, 571,100 people were employed in the private sector and 180,700 in the public sector in the Helsinki region in October–December.

The total number of people in employment in the Helsinki region started to grow again in 2017. The number of people employed in the private sector had been decreasing but started to increase again in the second half of 2015. Over the past year, the number of people employed by the state in particular has been on the rise. For instance, the Employment and Economic Development Offices and Kela increased their labour force, the former in order to conduct periodic interviews for the unemployed and the latter to process social assistance applications.