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Sat, 14 Feb, 2015 12:04:46 AM
FTimes Report, Feb 14
Employment of graduates on year after graduation by level of education 2010–2013, %. Source: Education 2015. Statistics Finland.
Employment of recent graduates continued weakening in 2013, according to Statistics Finland.
Except for those with lower university degrees, the proportion of employed persons was lower in all levels of education than the previous year.
Finding a job was easiest for those with doctorate degrees, higher university degrees and polytechnic degrees, of whom around 85 per cent of the graduates were employed, the data show.
Employment among recent graduates is measured one year after their graduation.
Of all recent graduates, 68 per cent were employed, of whom 16 per cent were studying while working. Fourteen per cent of the recent graduates were full-time students.  
The proportion of unemployed persons grew in all levels of education.
Employment of graduates one year after graduation by sex and level of education 2013, %. Source: Education 2015. Statistics Finland.
Of all recent graduates, the proportion of unemployed persons was 11 per cent, which is almost three percentage points more than one year before. At good 17 per cent, the proportion of the unemployed was highest among those having upper secondary vocational qualifications.
Around eight per cent of the graduates from polytechnics and about seven per cent of the graduates with higher university degrees were unemployed, according to the statistics.
Six out of ten men and three out of four women were employed. The proportion of employed women was ten percentage points higher than that of men.
Sixty-two per cent of men with vocation qualifications and 74 per cent of women were working. These shares were 82 per cent for men and 86 per cent for women among those with polytechnic degrees.
Men and women with higher university degrees found employment almost equally easily with around 85 per cent of them working.
Compared to the year before, women’s transition to work weakened slightly, by close on two percentage points. The figure for men remained unchanged.
Compared to the year before, employment deteriorated most among graduates from the field of safety and security, down by four percentage points, and from the field of tourism, catering and domestic services, down by three percentage points.
The number of unemployed was highest in the fields of technology and transport, and natural resources and the environment, where nearly every fifth recent graduate was without a job.
The proportion of unemployed was also high in the fields of culture and tourism, catering and domestic services, around 15 per cent.  
Examined by region, the rate of employment among recent graduates varied from 81 per cent in Åland to 58 per cent in North Karelia.
Besides Åland, the rate of employment was higher than the average for the whole country in the regions of Uusimaa, Satakunta, Kanta-Häme, South Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia.
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