Employment rate 

Updated: 25.10.2016 - Next update: 22.11.2016

In September 2016, the number of employed persons was 2,459,000 which was 7,000 higher than a year earlier (margin of error ±32,000). There were 2,000 more employed men and 5,000 more employed women than in September 2015.

In September, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 69.2 per cent, having been 68.8 per cent one year earlier. From last year’s September, men’s employment rate rose by 0.5 percentage points to 70.2 per cent and women’s by 0.3 percentage points to 68.2 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 68.9 per cent.

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.