Employment Bulletin
March 2021
Increase in unemployed jobseekers in March

At the end of March, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 331,500, up 22,500 on the previous year. Compared with February, the number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 4,400. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 162,200 were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 17,000, down 21,800 from March a year ago. In March, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 55,800, representing a decrease of 47,100 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 17,100 from February. The number of starting periods is always greater than the number of job searches because new unemployment periods are also registered from the existing groups of jobseekers.

The number of foreign citizens among unemployed jobseekers totalled 35,700, up 5,100 from March a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 12,000 at the end of March, up 2,400 from the year before.

In March, 62,700 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 7,100 more than in February. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 2,600 from March a year earlier. In March, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 7,700, representing a decrease of 12,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 28,700, down 28,000 from March a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 16,200 from February. The number of people fully laid off decreased in five occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (-2,600), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-1,800) and ‘unknown’ (-100). The increase in the number of people fully laid off was highest in the group of clerical support workers (500).