Last updated 19/03/2021 - 08:43
Youth unemployment grew especially in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area
At the end of December, there were 10,884 unemployed persons under the age of 25 in the Helsinki region, which is 81 per cent more than in the previous year. The financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis hit young people in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area especially hard.Compared with the previous year, the number of unemployed young people grew by 102 per cent in Helsinki, by 96 per cent in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and 55 per cent in the KUUMA municipalities. In all of Finland, the number of unemployed young people increased by 33 per cent.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused unemployment and lay-offs to increase especially among young people who work in the service and sales sectors. Youth unemployment was at its worst in spring 2020, and the situation has improved since then, especially due to a decrease in temporarily laid off people.
At the end of December, there were 4,648 unemployed young people in Helsinki, 1,752 in Espoo, 2,160 in Vantaa and 2,281 in the KUUMA municipalities. A total of 43,726 people under the age of 25 were unemployed in all of Finland. The number of unemployed people between the ages 25 and 29 also increased considerably compared to the previous year.