Employment Bulletin
August 2023
Increase in unemployed jobseekers in August

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 249,500, up 10,400 on the previous year. Compared with July, the number of unemployed jobseekers decreased by 29,200. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 144,500, or 9,500 more 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 15,600, up 2,200 from August a year ago. In August, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 37,600, representing an increase of 6,500 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment decreased by 2,600 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 37,600, up 4,700 from August a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 8,900 at the end of August, up 600 from the year before.

In August, 14,700 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 3,700 less than in July. Compared with August a year ago, the number of people fully laid off increased by 5,100. In August, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 2,300, representing an increase of 1,200 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 8,200, up 5,200 from August a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs decreased by 2,600 from July. Examined by occupation, the number of people fully laid off increased in eight groups and decreased in one. The number of people fully laid off increased the most in the groups of craft and related trades workers (2,200), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (1,200), “unknown” (900), and professionals (700). The number of people fully laid off decreased only among service and sales workers (-400). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of armed forces and skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers.