The employment situation has continued to deteriorate in Finland.

Statistics Finland revealed on Tuesday that the unemployment rate stood at 10.0 per cent in June, representing a year-on-year increase of 0.8 percentage points. The labour force survey carried out by the national statistics office also shows that the ranks of the jobless have grown by 22,000 to 280,000.

The statistics, however, show no increase from the previous month as the unemployment rate peaked at 11.8 per cent in May.

The proportion of 15—64-year-old people in employment decreased by 0.7 percentage points from the previous year to 71.0 per cent in June.

Unemployment has increased especially among men, with the employment rate of men falling by 0.9 percentage points to 72.2 per cent. The number of jobless women has decreased by 3,000, whereas that of jobless men has increased by 25,000 from the previous year.

A total of 1,293,000 people – 18,000 more than last year – were outside the labour force in June, according to Statistics Finland. An estimated 153,000 members of the inactive population were not registered as unemployed job-seekers, signalling a rise of 4,000 from June 2014.

Reetta Heiskanen – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT