Long-term unemployment

Last updated 27/03/2018 - 10:30

Long-term unemployment continues to decline

At the end of December, there were 20,100 long-term unemployed persons in the Helsinki region, which is 19 per cent less 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 continued to decline in the municipalities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, KUUMA municipalities and all of Finland.

At the end of December, there were 10,600 long-term unemployed persons in Helsinki, which corresponds to approximately half of long-term unemployment in the region. In Espoo, the number was 3,500, in Vantaa 2,400 and in the KUUMA municipalities 3,500. The total number of long-term unemployed persons in Finland is 66,800.

The number of the long-term unemployed 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 a year 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 running, long-term unemployment began to decrease in Helsinki, too. The rate at which the numbers declined picked up last year.

The dramatic decline in the numbers of the long-term unemployed is partially the result of 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 long-term unemployed.