Consumers' expectations concerning the unemployment situation for the next 12 months

Last updated 02/10/2018 - 16:51

Consumers still have confidence in that the employment situation will improve

In the interviews conducted for the consumer barometer published by Statistics Finland, the expectations of consumers with regard to the improvement of the employment situation improved last March. In July, they were at a record high, and in December, the indicator value in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area was 15.9. The national value was 15.4. January this year, 45 per cent of the consumers in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area predicted that there will be less unemployment within 12 months from now. In all of Finland, every other consumer shared this view. Both in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area as well as nationally approximately one in three consumers presumed that the number of unemployed people will remain on the same level in 12 months as it was at the time of conducting the survey. In January, the consumers in all of Finland were more confident in the positive development of the employment situation than the consumers in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, as the related balance indicator was 14.3 in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and 17.9 in Finland as a whole.