Employment Bulletin
October 2021
Decrease in unemployed jobseekers in October

At the end of October, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 259,000, down 53,700 on the previous year. Compared with September, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 6,300. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 139,000 were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 11,100, down 4,900 from October a year ago. In October, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 35,700, representing a decrease of 22,200 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 1,100 from September. 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 30,300, down 2,000 from October a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 9,100 at the end of October, down 1,200 from the year before.

In October, 19,800 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 1,300 less than in September. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 37,400 from October a year earlier. In October, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 1,700, representing a decrease of 4,000 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 5,800, down 18,200 from October a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 1,500 from September. The number of people fully laid off decreased in all occupational groups, with the exception of armed forces. The greatest decreases were in the groups of ‘unknown’ (-8,300), service and sales workers (-6,700), craft and related trades workers (-5,700), professionals (-4,400), and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-3,700).