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Wed, 22 May, 2013 12:58:30 AM
FTimes Report, May 22

 

File picture, A woman searching job on the website of Finnish Unemployment Office. Photo - Lehtikuva
The number of unemployed people in the country has shot up, although the number of employed ones has remained unchanged, says a Statistics Finland’s labour force survey report. 
 
The report says the unemployment rate has risen from 8.4 per cent to 8.8 per cent in April as a total of 13,000 people have entered the group of unemployed people over the past one year.
 
In April 2013, the report says, the number of unemployed people stood at 239,000 – 143,000 male and 96,000 female – compared to 226,000 in April last year.
 
In April 2013, the number of employed persons was 2,466,000, nearly the same as one year back.
 
In April this year there were 6,000 fewer employed men and 4,000 more employed women than that in April 2012. The number of employed people has grown in the private sector but fallen in the public sector from that in April 2012.
 
In April, the employment rate, that is, the proportion of the employed among people aged between 15 and 64, stood at 68.7 per cent, which was 0.2 percentage points higher than one year earlier.
 
The employment rate for men fell by 0.1 percentage points from last year’s April to 68.6 per cent.
 
The employment rate for women went up by 0.6 percentage points and stood at 68.8 per cent in this April. 
 
Adjusted for seasonal and random variations, the trend of the employment rate was 68.7 per cent.
 
At 8.8 per cent, the unemployment rate in April was 0.5 percentage points higher than one year earlier.
 
The unemployment rate among men was 10.2 per cent and women 7.3 per cent. The trend of the unemployment rate was 8.2 per cent.
 
The number of young people aged 15 to 24 was 658,000 in April. Of them, 257,000 were employed and 83,000 unemployed.
 
Thus, the young labour force, both employed and unemployed, comprised 339,000 young people. 
 
In April 2013, the unemployment rate for young people aged 15 to 24, that is, the proportion of the unemployed among the labour force, stood at 24.4 per cent, which was 0.9 percentage points higher than one year previously. 
 
The trend of the unemployment rate among young people was 19.9 per cent.
 
The share of 15-to-24-year-old unemployed young people among the same age group was 12.6 per cent.
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