Long-term unemployment

Last updated 27/09/2019 - 15:33

Long-term unemployment declining more moderately than before

At the end of June, there were 19,900 long-term unemployed persons in the Helsinki region, which is 10 per cent less than in the previous year. According to the client register of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the number of persons who had been unemployed for more than a year continued to decline in the municipalities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, KUUMA municipalities and the entire country. However, the rate of decline has slowed down this year.

At the end of June, there were 10,500 long-term unemployed persons in Helsinki, which corresponds to more than half of long-term unemployment in the region. The corresponding figures in Espoo, Vantaa and the KUUMA municipalities were 3,500, 2,400 and 3,500, respectively. The total number of long-term unemployed persons in the entire country was 63,800.

The number of long-term unemployed persons in the Helsinki region began increasing notably at the beginning of 2013. The decline of the number of people who had been unemployed for more than 12 consecutive months started at the beginning of 2017 in Espoo, Vantaa and the KUUMA municipalities. Later in the same year, after having increased for approximately five years, long-term unemployment began to decrease in Helsinki. The rate of decline accelerated last year.

The dramatic decline in the number of long-term unemployed persons was partially due to the periodic interviews for the unemployed and the registration practices applied by the Employment and Economic Development Offices. It is possible that for some of the unemployed, what is technically a continuous period of unemployment ends and commences again soon without the same person no longer registered as a long-term unemployed person.