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Employment rate climbs to 72 percent in June

The latest labour force survey also found that there were 76,000 more women in employment in June this year compared to the same month last year.

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It is especially women that saw the biggest increase in employment contracts. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

The number of people in employment in June this year increased by about 121,000 compared to June of 2020, the latest Statistics Finland labour force survey has revealed.

The report also found that there were 7,000 more unemployed people in June 2021 compared to the same month last year.

"In June 2021, the number of employed persons was 2,677,000 (margin of error ±33,000), which was 121,000 more than a year earlier. There were 45,000 more employed men and 76,000 more employed women than in June 2020," the report stated.

According to Statistics Finland, these latest figures put the employment rate trend at 72.4 percent, while the unemployment rate trend now stands at 7.9 percent.

The biggest decrease in unemployment from the corresponding period last year was observed in the regions of Ostrobothnia (-35 percent), South Ostrobothnia (-33 percent), and Pirkanmaa (-30 percent).

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment also reported on Tuesday that as of the end of June 2021, a total of 316,200 unemployed jobseekers were registered at the Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities nationwide.

This figure is 100,700 less than a year ago, but 62,000 more than in June 2019.

Overall, the number of people laid off totalled 34,000, which is 83,000 fewer than twelve months ago, according to Statistics Finland. The number of unemployed job seekers declined least in the regions of Uusimaa (-20 percent), Häme (-21 percent ) and Central Finland (-21 percent).

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