Employment Bulletin
October 2022
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 232,400, down 26,700 on the previous year. Compared with September, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 500. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 129,500, or 9,500 fewer than in October 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 14,000, up 2,900 from October a year ago. In October, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 35,900, representing an increase of 200 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 3,600 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 31,700, up 1,500 from October a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 8,100 at the end of October, down 1,000 from the year before.

In October, 10,900 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 1,400 more than in September. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 8,900 from October a year earlier. In October, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 2,100, representing an increase of 400 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 6,300, up 500 from October a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 3,400 from September. The number of people fully laid off decreased in almost all occupational groups. The greatest decreases were in the groups of service and sales workers (-3,500), craft and related trades workers (-1,200) and ‘unknown’ (-1,000). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers and armed forces.