Long-term unemployment

Last updated 22/06/2020 - 16:24

Number of long-term unemployed people took an upturn

At the end of March, there were 20,569 long-term unemployed people in the Helsinki region, which is 6 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 took an upturn in all the cities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, KUUMA municipalities and the entire country.

At the end of March, there were 10,785 long-term unemployed people in Helsinki, which accounts for nearly half of all the long-term unemployed in the region. The corresponding figures in Espoo, Vantaa and the KUUMA municipalities were 3,506, 2,479 and 3,709, respectively. The total number of long-term unemployed people in the entire country was 64,877.

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 in 2018.

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, the continuous period of unemployment was technically interrupted and then continued, but the person no longer registered as long-term unemployed.