Unemployment rate

Last updated 27/09/2019 - 14:59

Unemployment rates continue to decline

According to the client register of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the unemployment rate in the Helsinki region was 8.9 per cent at the end of June. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points in comparison with last year. The unemployment rate was lower in all municipalities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area as well as in the KUUMA municipalities in comparison with the previous year. The unemployment rate of the entire country declined by 0.7 percentage points to 9.7 per cent.

According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the unemployment rates in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and the KUUMA municipalities were 9.7 per cent, 8.4 per cent, 8.2 per cent and 7.5 per cent at the end of December, respectively. The monthly rate of unemployment is based on the register compiled by Employment and Economic Development Offices, and the total number of employees in the labour force is based on the latest information in the register-based employment statistics of Statistics Finland (since the end of 2017).

Unemployment rate (%), Labour Force Survey

According to the sample-based Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, the unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage points in the Helsinki region. In April–June, the unemployment rate in the Helsinki region was 7.5 per cent, 7.9 per cent in Helsinki and 7.7 per cent of the entire labour force in Finland.

The unemployment rate began to rise in 2008 but, according to the client register data of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the unemployment rate took a downward turn in 2016.