Employment rate 

Updated: 22.8.2017 - Next update: 26.9.2017

In July 2017, the number of employed persons was 2,556,000 (margin of error ±33,000), which was 31,000 more than a year earlier. There were 42,000 more employed men and 10,000 fewer employed women than in July 2016.

The employment rate , that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 72.0 per cent, having been 71.1 per cent one year earlier. The employment rate for men rose by 2.2 percentage points from last years July to 74.6 per cent. The employment rate for women fell by 0.5 percentage points to 69.4 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 69.3 per cent.

Statistical release

Statistics Finland / Labour force survey

Description of indicator

Employment rate is the ratio of employed persons to the population of the same age. The employment rate of the total population is calculated as the ratio of 15 to 64-year-old employed persons to the population of the same age.

A person is employed if he/she has during the survey week been in gainful employment at least one hour against wages or salary or fringe benefits, or to make profit, or has been temporarily absent from work. A person absent from work in the survey week is counted as employed if the reason for absence is maternity or paternity leave, own illness or if the absence has lasted under three months. Employed persons can be employees, self-employed or members of the same household working without actual pay in an enterprise owned by a family member.