At the end of December, the number of unemployed jobseekers registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment totalled 260,400, down 14,900 on the previous year. Compared with November, the number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 25,600. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 140,600, or 4,100 fewer than in December 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 17,300, up 1,600 from December a year ago. In December, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 48,200, representing a increase of 700 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 14,700 from November. 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 37,100, up 4,900 from December a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 9,400 at the end of December, down 400 from the year before.
In December, 23,600 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 9,700 more than in November. The number of people fully laid off decreased by 1,800 from December a year earlier. In December, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 5,000, representing an increase of 400 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 13,600, up 2,100 from December a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 6,800 from November. Examined by occupation, the number of people fully laid off increased in five groups and decreased in four groups. The number of fully laid off people grew the most in the groups of ‘unknown’ (700), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (500) and professionals (300). The number of people fully laid off decreased the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-2,600), office and customer service workers (-300) and elementary occupations (-300). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of armed forces and managers.