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There were 6,000 fewer people unemployed in June 2013 compared with the same month last year, according to Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey. Unemployment fell -0.1% to 7.8%, year-on-year; however the unemployment rate for Q2 2013 was 9.1% rising +0.5%, compared with the Q2 2012.
According to the Labour Force Survey, the number of unemployed people in June 2013 was 217,000 compared with 223,000 in June 2012. Male unemployment exceeded female unemployment reaching 7.9%, compared with 7.6% for women. Youth unemployment rose +2%, year-on-year, and currently sits at 19.6%.
Temporary employment figures for fulltime employees remained steady at 359,000 between June 2012 and June 2013. The number of temporary employees in part-time jobs fell -2.6% from 95,000 to 93,000 during the same period. Employees in fulltime jobs recorded a +1.2% increase year-on-year.
During the second quarter, the number of unemployed persons increased by 14,000 to 252,000; compared with the same period the previous year. Employment figures also fell by 18,000, from 2,524,000 in the second quarter of 2012 to 2,506,000 in Q2 2013.
Finnish unemployment currently sits below the European Union average of 11% and below the Eurozone average of 12.2%.
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