At the end of August, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 239,100, down 41,900 on the previous year. Compared with July, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 33,100. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 135,000, or 15,600 fewer than in August a year ago, were customers of municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment. The number of new job searches among unemployed jobseekers totalled 13,400, up 2,500 from August a year ago. In August, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 31,100, representing a decrease of 2,300 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 2,200 from July. 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 32,900, down 900 from August last year. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 8,300 at the end of August, down 1,700 from the year before.
In August, 9,600 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 5,000 less than in July. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 15,000 from August a year earlier. In August, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 1,100, representing a decrease of 100 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 3,000, down 1,700 from August a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 2,800 from July. The number of people fully laid off fell in all occupational groups; the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-5,100), ‘unknown’ (-2,000), craft and related trades workers (-1,900), and associated professionals and technicians (-1,500).