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Number of employed persons grew in October 2022 from the year before

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2022, October
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According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, the number of employed people was 66,000 higher in October 2022 than one year ago. The number of unemployed persons was almost the same in October 2022 as a year ago. The trend of the employment rate was 74.4 per cent and the trend of the unemployment rate was 6.9 per cent.

Key points

  • In October 2022, the number of employed persons was 2,636,000 and that of unemployed persons 162,000.
  • There were 29,000 more employed men and 37,000 more employed women than a year ago.
  • The number of unemployed men was 9,000 lower and that of unemployed women 7,000 higher than in October last year.
  • The trend of the employment rate was 74.7 per cent in October.
  • The trend of the unemployment rate was 6.9 per cent in October.

Number of employed persons higher than one year ago

In October 2022, the number of employed aged 15 to 74 was 2,636,000 (margin of error ±35,000), which was 66,000 higher than a year earlier. There were 29,000 more employed men and 37,000 more employed women than in October 2021.

In October, the employment rate, that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 74.3 per cent, having been 72.3 per cent one year earlier. From last year’s October, the employment rate of men aged 15 to 64 rose by 1.7 percentage points to 75.3 per cent and that of women by 2.3 percentage points to 73.2 per cent. The employment rate of people aged 20 to 69 was 72.9 per cent, having been 71.1 per cent in the year before.

Number of unemployed persons was almost the same as one year ago

According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, there were 162,000 unemployed (margin of error ±22,000) in October 2022, which was 2,000 fewer than one year earlier. The number of unemployed men was 86,000 and that of women 75,000.

In October, the unemployment rate, the proportion of the employed among the labour force stood at 5.8 per cent, having been 6.0 per cent one year earlier. From the previous year’s October, women’s unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage points to 5.6 per cent and men’s unemployment rate fell by 0.7 percentage points to 5.9 per cent.

In October, the unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 stood at 9.8 per cent, which was 2.6 percentage points lower than year previously. The trend of the unemployment rate among young people was 14.5 per cent. The share of unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 among the population in the same age group was 4.7 per cent.

Number of people in the inactive population decreased

There were 1,322,000 persons aged 15 to 74 in the inactive population in October 2022, which was 65,000 fewer than one year earlier.

Seasonally adjusted trend

Employment and unemployment vary quite much by month and the change from the observation of the previous month mainly describes the seasonal aspect rather than the trend in development. Thus, the latest statistical data are compared to the corresponding period of the year before. By contrast, the figures of the trend series that are adjusted for seasonal and random variation are mutually comparable and phenomena associated with long-term development and cyclical changes are thus more easily observable from the trend of the time series.

The trend usually changes somewhat when the data of the following month are included in the time series. Therefore, only the last published time series should be used when using the trend figures. The preliminary nature of the latest trend figures should be considered when making conclusions. The fall in employment in spring 2020 was interpreted as a level shift in the seasonal adjustment model. The figures reported in this release are not adjusted for seasonal variation unless separately mentioned that they concern the trend.

Links

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s Employment bulletin

Comparison between the employment statistics of Statistics Finland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (PDF)

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