Employment Bulletin
May 2021
Decrease in unemployed jobseekers in May

At the end of May, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 301,200, down 131,500 on the previous year. Compared with April, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 17,200. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 154,500 were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 10,200, down 12,100 from May a year ago. In May, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 38,800, representing a decrease of 58,300 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 400 from April. 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 34,900, down 6,600 from May a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 10,800 at the end of May, down 2,200 from the year before.

In May, 41,200 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 12,700 less than in April. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 117,000 from May a year earlier. In May, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 1,700, representing a decrease of 9,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 7,600, down 46,500 from May a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 5,900 from April. The number of fully laid off people decreased in all groups; the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-29,900), ‘unknown’ (-26,100), professionals (-13,700), technicians and associate professionals (-13,200) and craft and related trades workers (-10,400).