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Published: 12 October 2010

Employment rate remained good among fathers during the economic downturn

According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, fathers’ employment situation remained good during the 2008–2009 recession. Although the recession lowered especially men’s employment, employment rate remained high among fathers of children aged under 18. In relative terms the reduction of employment affected men without children more than fathers. These data derive from the annual Labour Force Survey review Families and work in 2009.

Employment rates for 20 to 59-year-old fathers and men without children in 2004–2009

Employment rates for 20 to 59-year-old fathers and men without children in 2004–2009

The economic downturn which started at the turn of 2008/2009 lowered especially men’s employment. However, the temporary lay-offs, redundancies and increase in unemployment which followed from the recession affected more men without children than fathers of under 18-year-old children. Fathers’ employment rate fell by relatively less than that of men without children. While the employment rate among 20 to 59-year-old fathers remained at around 90 per cent, the rate among men without children in the same age group was only 73 per cent in 2009. In all age groups the employment rate was lower for men without children than for fathers.

Unemployment became clearly more widespread among men without children than among fathers with children aged under 18. Between 2008 and 2009, the unemployment rate for men without children rose from seven to eleven per cent. By contrast, unemployment increased by clearly less than this among fathers whose unemployment rate was only four per cent in 2009.


Updated tables of the Labour Force Survey: .

Information about changes in employment, employment relationships and working hours can be found in earlier annual Labour Force Survey reviews Employment and unemployment in 2009 and Working hours and employment relationships in 2009 .

Source: Labour force survey 2009. Statistics Finland

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Updated 12.10.2010

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. 16 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.9.2023].
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