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Published: 15 February 2011

Employment and unemployment in 2010 on level with the year before

According to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey, the decline in employment halted in 2010. The rate of unemployment also stayed almost on level with 2009. These data derive from the annual review Employment and Unemployment in 2010 of Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey.

The decline in the employment rate halted in 2010. At 67.8 per cent, the employment rate was only 0.5 percentage points lower than in 2009. Men’s employment rate was on level with the year before at 68.7 per cent. Women's employment rate fell by one percentage point to 66.9 per cent.

Employed persons numbered 2,447,000 in 2010. The number fell by 10,000 persons from 2009. The decline in employment levelled off in 2010, as in 2009 the number of employed persons had decreased by 74,000.

No appreciable changes took place in the unemployment situation between 2009 and 2010. In 2010, the average rate of unemployment was 8.4 per cent, having been 8.2 per cent in 2009. Men’s unemployment rate was 9.1 per cent and women’s 7.6 per cent.

In 2010, the average number of unemployed persons was 224,000, which was almost the same as in 2009. There were 126,000 unemployed men and 98,000 unemployed women. Compared to 2009, there were 4,000 more unemployed men. Hardly any change took place in the number of unemployed women.

Rates of unemployment by gender in 1989–2010, population aged 15 to 74, %

Rates of unemployment by gender in 1989–2010, population aged 15 to 74, %

Source: Labour Force Survey 2010. Statistics Finland

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.9.2023].
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