Number of employed persons higher in January 2023 than one year earlierrelease | Labour force survey 2023, January
According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, the number of employed people aged 15 to 74 was 25,000 higher in January 2023 than one year ago. The number of the unemployed was 6,000 higher in January than one year previously. The trend of the employment rate among persons aged 20 to 64 was 78.4 per cent. The trend of the unemployment rate among persons aged 15 to 74 was 7.0 per cent.
- In January 2023, the number of employed persons was 2,558,000 and that of unemployed persons 211,000.
- There were 23,000 more employed men and 2,000 more employed women than a year ago.
- The trend of the employment rate among persons aged 20 to 64 was 78.4 per cent in January.
- The trend of the employment rate among persons aged 15 to 64 was 74.2 per cent in January.
- The trend of the unemployment rate among persons aged 15 to 74 was 7.0 per cent in January.
Number of employed persons grew from the year before
In January 2023, the number of employed aged 15 to 74 was 2,558,000 (margin of error ±34,000), which was 25,000 higher than a year earlier. There were 23,000 more employed men and 2,000 more employed women than in January 2022.
In January, the employment rate for those aged 20 to 64, that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 20 to 64, stood at 76.6 per cent, having been 76.5 per cent in this age group one year earlier. From last year’s January, the employment rate of men aged 20 to 64 rose by 0.4 percentage points to 77.2 per cent and that of women fell by 0.2 percentage points to 75.9 per cent.
The employment rate of people aged 20 to 69 was 70.6 per cent, having been 70.5 per cent one year before.
Number of unemployed persons slightly higher than a year ago
According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, there were 211,000 unemployed (margin of error ±25,000) aged 15 to 74 in January 2023, which was 6,000 more than one year earlier. The number of unemployed men was 110,000 and that of women 101,000.
In January, the unemployment rate for persons aged 15 to 74, that is, the proportion of the unemployed among the labour force stood at 7.6 per cent, having been 7.5 per cent one year earlier. The unemployment rate of women was 7.6 per cent, having been 7.3 per cent in the year before. The unemployment rate for men was 7.7 per cent, which was the same as one year before.
In January, the unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 stood at 16.0 per cent, which was 0.2 percentage points lower than one year previously. The trend of the unemployment rate among young people was 15.6 per cent. The share of unemployed young people aged 15 to 24 among the population in the same age group was 7.7 per cent.
Key indicators of the Labour Force Survey in January 2022 and 2023
|2022/01, %||2023/01, %||Change, 2022/01 - 2023/01, percentage points|
|Employment rate, persons aged 20-64||76,5||76,6||0,1|
|Unemployment rate, persons aged 15-74||7,5||7,6||0,1|
|Activity rate, persons aged 15-74||66,4||67,1||0,7|
Number of people in the inactive population decreased
There were 1,355,000 persons aged 15 to 74 in the inactive population in January 2023, which was 28,000 fewer than one year earlier.
Population aged 15 to 74 by labour force status in January 2022 and 2023
|2022/01, 1000 persons||2023/01, 1000 persons||Change, 2022/01 - 2023/01, 1000 persons||Change, 2022/01 - 2023/01, %|
|Population total||4 122||4 124||3||0,1|
|Active population total||2 739||2 769||31||1,1|
|- employed||2 533||2 558||25||1,0|
|Inactive population||1 383||1 355||-28||-2,0|
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.
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