Employment Bulletin
October 2023
Increase 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 256,100, up 23,700 on the previous year. Compared with September, the number of unemployed jobseekers increased by 6,300. Of the unemployed jobseekers, 144,200, or 14,700 more 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 19,100, up 5,100 from October a year ago. In October, the number of starting periods of unemployment totalled 48,700, representing an increase of 12,800 on the year before. The number of starting periods of unemployment increased by 4,800 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 36,900, up 5,200 from October a year ago. Of these foreign unemployed jobseekers, EU/EEA citizens accounted for 9,200 at the end of October, up 1,200 from the year before.

In October, 21,200 of unemployed jobseekers were fully laid off, which is 3,500 more than in September. The number of people fully laid off increased by 10,300 from October a year earlier. In October, the number of job searches among the fully laid off people totalled 4,200, representing an increase of 2,100 on the year before. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs was 15,900, up 9,600 from October a year ago. The number of starting periods of full lay-offs increased by 4,900 from September. 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 (4,200), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (2,000), “unknown” (1,700), and professionals (1,100). The number of people fully laid off decreased only among service and sales workers (-100). The number of laid-off people remained unchanged in the groups of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers and armed forces.