Employment rate 

Updated: 24.2.2015 - Next update: 24.3.2015

In January 2015, the number of employed persons was 2,399,000 which was 14,000 higher than a year earlier (margin of error ±32,000). There were almost the same number of employed men and 15,000 more employed women than in January 2014. The number of employed persons decreased in the private sector and grew in the public sector compared with January 2014.

In January 2015, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 66.7 per cent, having been 67.0 per cent one year earlier. The employment rate for men fell by 1.0 percentage point from last years January to 66.3 per cent. Women's employment rate was 67.2 per cent and it increased by 0.5 per cent compared with January 2014. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 68.3 per cent.

Statistical release

Statistics Finland / Labour force survey

Description of indicator

Employment rate is the ratio of employed persons to the population of the same age. The employment rate of the total population is calculated as the ratio of 15 to 64-year-old employed persons to the population of the same age.

A person is employed if he/she has during the survey week been in gainful employment at least one hour against wages or salary or fringe benefits, or to make profit, or has been temporarily absent from work. A person absent from work in the survey week is counted as employed if the reason for absence is maternity or paternity leave, own illness or if the absence has lasted under three months. Employed persons can be employees, self-employed or members of the same household working without actual pay in an enterprise owned by a family member.