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According to the latest Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus), there were +15,000 more persons unemployed in April 2010 than in April 2009. The unemployment rate grew by +0.6 percentage points to 9.3% from one year ago. The number of employed persons decreased by -15,000.
In April, the employment rate stood at 66.9%, which was -0.7 percentage points lower than one year before. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 67.6%. Compared to April last year, the employment rate among men fell by -0.8 percentage points to 67.4%. The employment rate among women fell by -0.6 percentage points to 66.5%.
In April 2010, the unemployment rate among young people aged 15 to 24 was 26.6%, which was +2.9 percentage points higher than in April 2009. The trend of the unemployment rate among young people was 23.2%.
The number of 15 to 74-year-olds not belonging to the labour force grew by +19,000, of whom 15,000 were women.
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