Unemployment rate 

Updated: 21.3.2017 - Next update: 27.4.2017

Unemployment rate 9.2 per cent in February

According to Statistics Finland's Labour Force Survey, there were 242,000 unemployed in February 2017 (margin of error ±19,000), which was slightly fewer than one year before. The number of unemployed men was 137,000 and that of women 105,000.

At 9.2 per cent, the unemployment rate in February was 0.2 percentage points lower than one year earlier. Mens unemployment rate was 10.1 per cent and womens 8.2 per cent. The trend of the unemployment rate was 8.7 per cent.

Statistical release

Statistics Finland / Labour force survey

Description of indicator

The unemployment rate is the ratio of the unemployed to the active population (labour force) of the same age, i.e. employed and unemployed persons. The unemployment rate of the total population is calculated as the ratio of 15 to 74-year-old unemployed persons to the active population (labour force) of the same age.

A person is unemployed if he/she is without work during the survey week (not in paid employment or working as self-employed), has actively sought employment in the past four weeks as an employee or self-employed and would be available for work within two weeks. A person who is without work and waiting for an agreed job to start within three months is also classified as unemployed if he/she could start work within two weeks. Persons laid off for the time being who fulfil the above-mentioned criteria are also counted as unemployed.

Labour force: All persons aged 15 to 74 who were employed or unemployed during the survey week belong to the active population. The concept of labour force can also be used of the active population.