Employment rate 

Updated: 20.1.2015 - Next update: 24.2.2015
   
 
 
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In December 2014, the number of employed persons was 2,413,000 (margin of error ±33,000), which was slightly more than a year earlier. There were 12,000 more employed men and 9,000 fewer employed women than in December 2013. The number of employed persons increased slightly in the public sector and decreased somewhat in the private sector compared with December 2013.

In December, the employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 67.4 per cent, which was 0.5 percentage points higher than one year before. The employment rate for men grew by 0.8 percentage points from last years December to 68.0 per cent. Women's employment rate was 66.8 per cent and it remained almost unchanged compared with December 2013. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 68.3 per cent.

Statistical release

Source:
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.