Long-term unemployment

Last updated 19/03/2021 - 08:42

The number of long-term unemployed grows increasingly rapidly

At the end of December, there were 30,023 long-term unemployed persons in the Helsinki region, which is 43 per cent more than 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 grew sharply in all the cities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, KUUMA municipalities and the entire country.

At the end of December, there were 15,348 long-term unemployed people in Helsinki, which accounts for over half of all the long-term unemployed in the region. The corresponding figure was 5,175 in Espoo, 4,115 in Vantaa and 5,262 in the KUUMA municipalities. The total number of long-term unemployed people in the entire country was 91,896.

People who have become unemployed during the COVID-19 crisis are not yet classified as long-term unemployed, but the financial impact of the pandemic has also been reflected in an increase in the number of long-term unemployed people. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult for people who were already unemployed to find employment due to the low number of vacant jobs and the inability to offer sufficient employment services.