Employment rate 

Updated: 26.8.2014 - Next update: 23.9.2014

In July 2014, the number of employed persons was 2,550,000 (margin of error ±31,000), which was 17,000 fewer than a year earlier. There were 26,000 fewer employed men and 9,000 more employed women than in July 2013. The number of employed persons fell in the private sector but grew in the public sector. The number of employees went down but that of self-employed persons and unpaid family workers grew compared with July 2013.

In July 2014, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 71.2 per cent, having been 71.7 per cent one year earlier. Mens employment rate was 72.1 per cent and womens 70.3 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 68.2 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.